5 wood blanket chest

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Project by tooldad posted 1895 days ago 4147 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 1895 days ago

That is really nice! What a keepsake! Very special!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 1895 days ago

Love the trick with the maple on the oak frame.. cute. With different timbers might have been more pronounced but with these two it is very subtle.
Resawing and Bookmatching the panels is a nice touch. All together very professional.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 1895 days ago

I really like what you did with the panels to create a symmetry of light and dark. Beautiful piece.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1895 days ago

Looks great, I really like the top.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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Bill Akins

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#5 posted 1895 days ago

Gorgeous chest

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 1895 days ago

That is one fine looking chest…well done.

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#7 posted 1895 days ago

I really like this chest nice figure on the panels

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1895 days ago

The contrasts really work and the craftsmanship looks great!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 1895 days ago

Gorgeous wood and excellent design. Everything works well together and looks incredible. That is a truly remarkable gift.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 1895 days ago

I don’t have any new superlatives because they are all used up in the comments above. I can only say that it is beautiful and definitely a superior piece of work with a very creative design. I’ll bet your grandfather is very pleased with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 1892 days ago

Just beautiful

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 1696 days ago

Very Nice! The way the woods match is beautiul!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 1694 days ago

Beautiful chest! I love the ‘consistently wild’ grain (oxymoron?) of Oregon myrtlewood.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#14 posted 1600 days ago

Excellent results on this… the colors are amazing…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 1600 days ago

great lookin chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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