Blanket Chest - Cherry/Redwood

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Project by ADHDan posted 12-14-2015 08:10 PM 813 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a very large blanket chest as a wedding gift for a friend – roughly 38”x26”x24”. Constructions is frame and panel, with breadboard ends for the lid. The framing and trim elements are cherry, the panels are redwood reclaimed from my parents’ deck remodel. My friend and I had spent many nights hanging out on that deck in high school, so I figured it was appropriate to incorporate some of that wood into the gift.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 09:23 PM

Nice blanket chest. Have you considered hardware to keep the lid from slamming down? I like to use a weight rated lid support on a chest or toy box.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#2 posted 12-14-2015 09:29 PM

It actually does have a lid support – you can just barely see it in the left corner in the first photo. I just propped it to keep it open for a few days after finishing the inside.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 10:18 PM

Great looking chest, nice work. Cherry and redwood go together well.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 12:52 AM

Interesting combination of cherry/redwood but makes sense once you explained its origin.
Nice work.
Thanks for sharing.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 03:21 AM

Looks great. I like that you repurposed the deck lumber. It is a very Nice blanket chest

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 02:17 PM

very nice

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 02:20 PM

This chest is a real beauty and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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