|Project by HappyHowie||posted 01-06-2016 04:28 AM||1376 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
I have been making some furniture for family members that ask. Our granddaughter Brittany asked for a blanket chest. I told her I would make her one for which she would be proud. I’m sure she chose a blanket chest because she saw one that I made for another granddaughter earlier last year. That one was made from eastern yellow pine as shown below.
Little Lola’s Blanket (Treasure) Chest…
For Brittany’s blanket chest I chose wormy maple. It has a grain characteristic that is unique. I had also researched a Shaker Blanket Chest that I had found in my subscription to Popular Woodworking Magazine that I liked a lot. It was in the October 2013 issue #206, pp. 24-31. It was made by the magazine’s editor Megan Fitzpatrick.
There were a few things about that reproduction that I decided I would do differently. Those things were: (1) I would make the bottom with ship-lapped boards in order to work with wood movement with humidity changes. (2) I would make the back of the plinth like the curved front. And thirdly, I would not concern myself with making the dovetails and panel thicknesses exactly like the mid-1800s Shaker chest.
With these design criteria, I began building this blanket chest. Today, I completed this project.
For those that want any insights into its design and the issues I confronted, I made a blog about its build. Look for my blog entitled Blanket Chest and follow my build…
-- --- Happy Howie