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Once the set building was finished, time to get on with Grandpa’s blanket chest. I built the cedar one for a cousin’s wedding, Grandpa wanted me to make him on with some special wood he got from the NW. He also said to use 3 or 4 different types of wood also.
The special wood is myrtle wood. I also used maple, walnut and oak. The 5th wood is cedar, which lines the inside of the box. Also got to try my hand at resawing.
All of the myrtle pieces were about 6-7” wide and 24-28 inches long. I scratched my head and said, “how am I going to build a blanket chest from just this?” Then the resawn panel idea came to me.
The top was one panel I couldn’t bring myself to cut apart after it was resawn. I had originally picked out another piece for the top, now they went to the back, go figure.
Another trick I did was glue a 3/8” strip of maple to the edge of the oak for the frame. The cope and stick joint then coped the maple section and created a border around the myrtle panels. Although this is a little difficult to see in the photos.
The overall box is something like, 18” tall, 18” deep, and 32” long.