Walnut Shaker Blanket Chest with Drawer

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Project by sawdustdad posted 01-23-2016 10:15 PM 1378 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a shaker style chest with a drawer. It’s solid walnut with cherry drawer sides. The chest sides are dovetailed as is the drawer. Finish is 4 or 5 coats of Watco danish oil. The frame around the top is mitered and glued at the front but the side moldings are held on with sliding dovetails so the top, which is nearly 20 inches front to back, is solid wood and expands and contracts by about 3/16 inch over the course of a year. If you didn’t do it this way, either the top would crack or the molding would break off.

Adding the drawer at the bottom eases access to the contents and raises the chest itself higher so it’s easier to reach the contents.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 11:10 PM

That looks great. Nice Job.

-- Gary, Virginia

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 12:49 AM

A beautiful piece, wonderfully executed.

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 01:35 AM

Mighty fine work, a beautiful chest.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 04:26 AM

Great job

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 04:55 PM

looks great beautiful

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#6 posted 01-24-2016 10:54 PM

Very nice work

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 01-25-2016 03:47 AM

Love it, especially the drawer, very functional.

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#8 posted 01-25-2016 10:27 PM

Some questions have come up about this chest’s lid construction. Here is how the frame on the lid is attached.

The link to the plans:

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#9 posted 01-25-2016 10:34 PM

That’s some beautiful work there!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 01-26-2016 08:51 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so 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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