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Project by sawdustdad posted 12-27-2015 03:45 PM 804 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a bunch of butternut boards at one of my trips to a local sawmill. Since it’s rather light weight compared to cherry or walnut, and not as durable, I hadn’t found a use for it until I came on this design. Butternut is often called the “blonde walnut” as the grain patterns are very similar. I stained this chest with Minwax red mahogany and finished with Minwax poly. Carcass is dovetailed with a Leigh jig, though I have to admit, I put the pins and tails on the wrong sides (only from an aesthetic point of view).

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Any board cut to length has a 50% probability of being too short.





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WoodNSawdust

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 03:52 PM

Very nice blanket chest. The stained butternut looks wonderful. Do the drawers along the bottom or are they just decorative?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Woodbridge

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 04:57 PM

lovely blanket chest. I love working with butternut. Its beautiful, but butternut is hard to get these days where I live.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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woodchuckerNJ

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 05:26 PM

I don’t see how you put the pins and tails on the wrong side.
They are on the correct sides. If you loaded up the chest with soft goods the pressure would be to push out along the long boards, so the pins on the long boards are correct, they will be held in by the pressure. The ends do not have much pressure.

Nice, work, I just did a similar chest out of cedar for my son. But with hand cut dovetails.
http://imgur.com/a/xBqX0

-- Jeff NJ

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RogerBean

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 05:26 PM

Nicely done. Looks great in butternut.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 06:59 PM

What a beautiful chest. You really did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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sawdustdad

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#6 posted 12-28-2015 01:31 AM

Drawers at the bottom are real and work.

The only reason I thought the dovetails might be on the wrong sides is because the view from the front you see the pins rather than the tails, which might be more attractive. From a functional standpoint, you are correct about the load (as if such a load would occur).

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Any board cut to length has a 50% probability of being too short.

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AnthonyHbm

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#7 posted 12-28-2015 02:53 PM

Very beautiful chest. I like the inclusion of the drawers. Which router bit or molding plane did you use for the edge profiles on the lid and skirt?

-- Anthonyhbm

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sawdustdad

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#8 posted 12-29-2015 03:55 AM

I used a shaper for all the moldings. The top has a round over on top and a cove underneath with a separate cove molding applied so that it overlaps the case.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Any board cut to length has a 50% probability of being too short.

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oldrivers

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#9 posted 12-29-2015 04:11 AM

Good work beautiful chest, A pin is a pin a tail a tail matters not if all is well and it looks good as this one dose.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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