Mission Style Blanket Chest

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Project by JeanValjean posted 03-12-2016 05:41 AM 1396 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Mission Style blanket chest I recently completed for my youngest daughter, a sophomore at Indiana University…

Quarter sawn white oak of course with an aromatic cedar interior.
Drawers are maple with birch plywood bottoms, they ride on hickory slides.

I utilized my Prazi Chest Mate dovetail jig to do the through dovetails on the corners, and my Porter Cable jig for the half blind dovetails on the drawers.

Design and dimensions were pretty much made up as I went along with basic adherence to Mission design principles.

Finish consists of a dark amber dye mixed 50:1 with denatured alcohol to both “raise” and “pop” the grain. After this application dried, the chest was hand sanded with 220 grit and then 2 coats of a medium brown stain were applied.
After that, three coats of General Finishes “Arm-R-Seal” in the semi-gloss sheen were applied with a 400 grit scuff sanding between coats.
Once that was all cured, I applied a coat of Briwax with 4/0 steel wool and buffed that off with a micro-fiber towel.
This method yields a very smooth and luxurious finish.

I have about 50 hours in this project, and I hope my daughter enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it for her.

Thanks for looking.

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 03-12-2016 01:01 PM

Love it, great work.

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#2 posted 03-12-2016 01:56 PM

Very beautiful work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-12-2016 04:12 PM

Very special project, love the drawers as they break up the large flat front just right..Beautiful

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

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#4 posted 03-13-2016 01:58 PM

Excellent chest, very nice design, good looking dog.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-13-2016 02:57 PM

Impressive work and beautiful chest built in a wonderful style with outstanding details.Great job. Do you make your on wood labels? Nice touch.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 03-13-2016 05:17 PM

Thanks to all for your thoughtful comments..

I made the ID plaque out of 1/4” maple, scribbled my design onto a piece of paper and a local awards store (with YAG Laser) engraved it for me.

I have since gone back and properly aligned the cross points of the screws…
Can’t believe I missed that detail before photographing!!

-- Semper Fi

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