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Project by Matt posted 01-02-2016 11:35 PM 918 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2015 was a good year—I got my associates degree, bought a house, got married, and built a bunch of furniture. This blanket chest, built at the request of my blanket-loving wife, was started a few weeks ago and just finished today.

It’s based off a chest from the Union Shaker Village. which I found plans for in Classic American Furniture, by Woodworking Magazine. The wood is oak, which I cut a few years ago on family land in New York. I didn’t bother to examine the leaves and acorns of this tree when I cut it but I believe it’s red oak. Working by myself, it took all the strength I could muster to load three 4’ long sections into my truck. Next time, I’ll at least have a hoist or rent a Bobcat!

It was fun making the bookmatched panels for the sides and top. The back panel is not matched but is also clear of knots, so it was a difficult decision whether to make it the front or back. Although the front and top have some knots, I really like the way they look bookmatched.

Also fun was shaping the roundover by hand with a smoothing plane and sandpaper.

I wanted to find some cove moulding for the plinth to chest transition but settled for some quarter round instead. I used mostly cedar for the bottom; I shiplapped the boards with a Stanley 78 and set them in a rabbet.

The finish is a base coat of amber shellac, a coat of Minwax English Chestnut mixed with Special Walnut, and a top coat of Briwax dark oak.

Thanks for looking, and happy New Year.





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TheBronzeoakleaf

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#1 posted 01-02-2016 11:48 PM

Nice chest. I’ll be posting one like it soon. Amazing how something that looks so simple takes so much work, huh?

-- Sam, http://www.bronzeoakleaf.wordpress.com

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Matt

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#2 posted 01-02-2016 11:57 PM

Thanks, Sam. And I agree, it is amazing how much work goes into this stuff. Especially taking the rough lumber and milling it into boards ready to be dovetailed or joined somehow.

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308Gap

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#3 posted 01-03-2016 07:37 AM

For the next 100 years most people will see the chest and just “oh thats nice” and move on. But anyone who has ever built anything with their hands will stop and touch it, slide their hand up the side and appreciate the dovetails and quality. Simple, elegant, craftsmanship, I see it and others will also. Well done.

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#4 posted 01-03-2016 02:24 PM

What a beautiful chest. It’s so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#5 posted 01-03-2016 02:40 PM

looks very nice

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 10:59 PM



For the next 100 years most people will see the chest and just “oh thats nice” and move on. But anyone who has ever built anything with their hands will stop and touch it, slide their hand up the side and appreciate the dovetails and quality. Simple, elegant, craftsmanship, I see it and others will also. Well done.

- 308Gap


Thanks for that. It’s so true. Nothing thrills me more than watching someone look at a piece of mine for the first time, and their first reaction is to touch it. To caress it. This stuff is meant to be used, appreciated. That’s why it’s hard to make a living making beautiful things; people no longer have any idea what it takes to make something that will last.

-- Sam, http://www.bronzeoakleaf.wordpress.com

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Matt

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#7 posted 01-04-2016 02:21 AM

Thank you all for the kind words!

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#8 posted 01-05-2016 01:53 PM

You did a good job.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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