Blanket Chest

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Project by nstein78 posted 10-22-2009 07:49 PM 2168 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister asked me to build her a blanket chest last year for Christmas and this is the result. The design itself is not my own, I found it in a Wood Magazine special edition full of project plans. The frame and lid are made from poplar that I dyed and stained to resemble walnut and the side panels are 1/4” cherry plywood glued back to back and finished with danish oil.

Overall I am really proud of the way this project turned out because this was my first “big” project using the jointer, planer and badsaw that my beautiful, loving and supportive wife allowed me to buy over the past year as a sort of retail therapy after lossing my mother last Novermber. I learned a lot through this project and can’t wait to applying these new skills to my next project, which will be a twin size bed and end table for my 3 year old daughter.

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 08:10 PM

Great looking chest. The colors look great.

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 08:37 PM

This is really nice a great job it looks beautiful.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 09:12 PM

id love to hear your technique on dyeing the poplar. looks real nice

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#4 posted 10-22-2009 09:14 PM

Looks really nice. Good job on that poplar.
I like it,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-22-2009 09:18 PM

That looks fantastic.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 09:24 PM

Nice looking chest.

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#7 posted 10-22-2009 10:20 PM

yes, please post more about the mixture you used to dye the poplar. Great work!

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#8 posted 10-22-2009 10:59 PM

Really nice chest. I’m sure you sister will love it.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 10-22-2009 11:42 PM

That’s a great looking chest. Nice job on the construction and staining.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 10-23-2009 12:04 AM

Very nice chest. Well done.

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#11 posted 10-23-2009 12:40 AM

Great job…it looks beautiful. I’m building the same chest right now—out of poplar—though I plan on painting it, since it will be a toy chest for my friend’s daughter. The poplar version is a “warm-up” as I refine my skills before using the same design to build hope chests for my two daughters (these will be constructed with walnut and cherry plywood.

Once again, fantastic job…I’m really impressed. (And also want to know about your “dye-job.”)

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#12 posted 10-23-2009 02:06 AM

That is really pretty. Very well done.

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#13 posted 10-23-2009 02:50 AM

Great looking blanket chest. I like the combination of the cherry and stained poplar.

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#14 posted 10-23-2009 02:52 AM

Great looking blanket chest. I like the combination of the cherry and stained poplar.

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#15 posted 10-23-2009 04:32 AM

Great looking chest. Very well done.

-- John @

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