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My Grand Daughter's Blanket Chest

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Project by FlWoodRat posted 1908 days ago 2199 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well Fellow LJ’s, if you have followed my blogs you know its been several months that I’ve been working on this project. I finally finshed my rendition of LJ T-Chisel’s (Tom MacDonalds) Blanket Chest, Project #3. Wifey will be delivering it to our Grand Daughter next week when she goes to visit.

For those of you who are familiar with Tommy’s design, you can see mine looks a lot different. Daughter in Law wanted raised panels vs the carved fronts and she also asked for a dark reddish expresso finish instead of the waxed oak. I talked to Tommy about my changes (thinking he may not want me to change his design) and he encouraged me to go for it. Just following the project plans and the accompanying videos on Tommy’s site helped a lot. And, in case you didn’t know Tom MacDonald moved the project content and forum content from his old “TChisel.com” to his new WWW.MLWWoodworking.com (Major League Woodworking).

By the way, our Daughter, who is expecting her first child and our second grand daugher in October has placed her order for one too. Her’s will be built out of hard maple. I can’t wait to get started.

Ya’ll have a good day.

Rat

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....





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SwedishIron

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#1 posted 1908 days ago

Rat, Nice blanket chest mister! Excellent Job.. My you have to build many more in your future.. :)

-- Scott, Colorado

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FlWoodRat

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#2 posted 1908 days ago

Pat and Scott,

Thanks for your kind words.

Scott,

I have two on ‘back order’. One will be for my daughter’s first born due in October. The second is for our work’s United Way fund raiser. I would like to make one out of maple and perhaps the other out of walnut or mahogany if I can get the lumber at a reasonable price.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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woodworm

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#3 posted 1908 days ago

This is very nice blanket chest. I love the finish & colour.
What is that bold line seen on the lid? Is it machine mark?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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FlWoodRat

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#4 posted 1908 days ago

Woodworm,

Thanks for the positive comment. Kind words are always appreciated as are the critical comments.
The material was a mix of some old pine that was given to me. I prefinished it with two spit coats of shellac before applying numerous (uncounted) layers of General Finishes gel coats of ‘Java’ and ‘Georgian Cherry’. I top coated it all with 3 coats of General Finishes ARM-R-Seal, each coat rubbed out with 0000 wool. To that, I applied and rubbed out two coats of Johnson’s Paste wax.

Obviously that bold line you noticed was a design embellishment.. LOL.

Actually, it’s one of many blemishes. When I edge jointed and glued the boards together, they came out uneven. I tried to flatten them with my 1920’s Stanley Bedrock 606 and buried the iron edge into the stock. I decided to not do too much more damage and attempted to smooth it out with an equally old Sargent #4. Needless to say, I was not as successful as I would have liked. But I can live with it. Expecially since I did not have enough material left to remake it and my customer (Daughter in Law) wanted a ‘rustic’ look to somewhat match some old family furniture she and my son have.

Since then I have tuned up both planes and procured a LN 4.5 High Angle Frog smoother. Hopefully my hand planing skill will improve.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Splinterman

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#5 posted 1908 days ago

Little embellishments or not, the little Lady will be very happy with the end result. Its not always the Lumber in the project, but the love that is put into the project….....good honest job woodrat.

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woodworm

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#6 posted 1907 days ago

Thanks for your sincere answer, woodrat.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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FlWoodRat

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#7 posted 1907 days ago

Woodworm,

You are most welcome. For your information, I’m still chuckling here about my response to your question about the line in the lid of the box being a design embellishment.. I try not to take myself too seriously. Goodness knows, I can screw up a piece of wood in a heart beat. Have a great day….

Bruce

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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FlWoodRat

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#8 posted 1907 days ago

OI Splinter That’s a great nick. Goodness knows, we’ve all had our share of those over the years. If “knot” we haven’t handle enough wood.

Thanks for the comment. It really was a labor of love. My only regret is that I won’t be there when it gets delivered to her.

Bruce

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Ed Elizondo

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#9 posted 1785 days ago

This is a great chest. The finish really came out great.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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