Blanket Chest (first project - finally completed)

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Project by wayneo posted 11-02-2009 04:55 AM 2925 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted to make some furniture, or at least try, but kept talking myself out of it. I have some basic carpentry skills from my own home remodeling and a couple of kitchen and bath remodels. These skills mostly born out of necessity after I saw the estimates.

My kids are finally leaving the nest (one to go!) and we are now downsizing so I have been thinking more about getting into furniture making. I chose this blanket chest because I like the mission style design and I like oak, and the fact the joinery skills involved wouldn’t overly tax my (very) basic skills or my very cheap, crummy table saw and 20 year old router.

I wish I had taken better pics but I was excited to finish it and gave it to a friend the day after it was completed. I think it turned out ok but more importantly, I learned quite a bit and am encouraged and emboldened enough to really jump into my new found hobby with a passion. This simple chest was fun to build and as a result I have just purchased a good hybrid saw, a new plunge router, and few other basic but quality tools I need to continue.

I give much credit to this site and the very supportive and encouraging members in here. I already have a project list and my new saw is on the way.

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 05:01 AM

Nice chest. Keep the projects coming.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 05:08 AM

Good job great chest

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 05:19 AM

An excellent chest by any standards, but fantastic for a first!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 05:25 AM

Thanks fellows! This piece looks incredible in quarter sawn white oak with an authentic mission finish but I used red oak because it was on sale. I love arts and crafts pieces and quarter sawn white oak and have finally built up the courage to take on a mission style bed in qswo; measure twice, check the plans again, then cut.

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 05:32 AM

Great first project…....nice job.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 03:17 PM

I built 4 of these last Christmas as toy boxes for my children and a niece. I built mine out of pine and painted them. They are very fun to build!

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 04:56 PM

The chest is beautiful. One quick question: you mentioned your limited tool collection. How did you get that curved piece at the bottom apron cut? I’d like to add details like that but am concerned I need a band saw, which I don’t have nor do I have the budget for! Clamps are killing me!! Thanks, Tim

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 05:58 PM

Funny you should mention that curve, it was tough with the tools I own. I want a band saw too, but it’s not going to happen for a while. I made the curve by bending a thin piece of wood and traciing that then using my jig saw to cut close to the line. I don’t have a drum sander so I used the curve of my handheld belt sander to finish it. It was’t the easiest method but until the last hundred years or so, this was all done by hand anyway.

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona

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#9 posted 11-03-2009 01:10 AM

Nicely done.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 06-12-2018 11:09 AM

This is a beautiful chest and beautifully done. It shows a lot of fine craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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