|Project by Matt||posted 01-02-2016 11:35 PM||1002 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
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.