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17th Century Blanket Chest

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Project by chobbs66 posted 06-25-2009 06:36 AM 3023 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All,

Here are a couple of pictures of a nice blanket chest I built earlier this year for our local church auction. Wood is Western Red Cedar salvaged from the remodel of Arrowhead Stadium here in Kansas City.

The plans are available along with several video’s on Tommy MacDonald’s website, www.mlwwoodworking.com . Tommy does a great job walking through the project. So anyone who wants to try it go there and give it a shot. And you will probably have a few laughs along the way, too. You have probably seen Rob Young’s chest here on LJ’s (rwyoung), Rob did a beautiful job.

In general I would consider this project pretty simple, with the carving looking more challenging than it really is. The rest is just mortise and tenon construction.

The cedar was really not good material – it was really knotty and checked and crushed so easily it was a pain to try to get it clean, so I went the other way and left it rough, with tearout around the knots, etc. After a thin coat of shellac I slathered gel stain over it and left it somewhat grimy, I think it ended up with a nice look. Thanks, Cal





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 06-25-2009 06:55 AM

Looks really nice from here!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 06-25-2009 12:50 PM

Hi Cal,

Very nice work, indeed, and for a good cause!

I share your interests in period furniture.

Great job.

Lee

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#3 posted 06-25-2009 02:25 PM

Boy, you nailed this one Cal. Great chest (see, I can say that and not get into trouble :) )

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#4 posted 06-25-2009 02:33 PM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful… Love stuff like that. My significant other always worries I will transform our place into a medieval / renaissance home…

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#5 posted 06-25-2009 04:07 PM

Beautiful chest, you say the carving is easier than it looks, that I find hard to believe. Gorgeous job. You did a good thing for a good cause.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-25-2009 04:49 PM

Hey Cal
Well done looks good

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 04:58 PM

Great work, nice to know other LJ’s are around the KC area. Modesty in excellent work is the signature of a gentleman. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 06-25-2009 11:56 PM

This is a nice rendition of the blanket chest that Tommy posted. The carving raises the bar on this piece. It is wonderful to hear that you donated this piece for a worthy cause as well.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 06-26-2009 12:15 AM

Nice looking chest. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 06-28-2009 06:15 AM

Tommy did his in QSWO, but I really like western red cedar. I think the color is fantastic. I hope the reclaimed lumber from Arrowhead brings in a little extra.

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