Blanket chests for the grandchildren

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Project by Jack Dalton posted 05-23-2016 02:07 AM 1183 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have ten grandchildren and I have taken on the challenge to make a blanket chest for each of them. These are the first two.
First, I did the walnut one, I found Glen Huey’s plans in the August 2009 edition of Popular Woodworking. He had this full size one and a 3/4 version I built for the small space in my mother’s apartment. Very popular with the ladies was the till box with a secret compartment.
In the December 1996 edition of American Woodworker, R. S. Wilkerson has plans for a Connecticut Blanket Chest I decided to do in cherry. Again, the till and secret compartment were well received as was the Chippendale hardware and the beautiful skirt.

-- I leave behind little bits of beauty to compensate for for my impact on this world.

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#1 posted 05-23-2016 02:52 AM

Your grandchildren are lucky to have such a generous and talented grandfather ! Good job on both chests. I have to ask though, “Where are the secret compartments?”

-- I thought you said there was no metal in this log !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jack Dalton

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#2 posted 05-23-2016 02:55 AM

Thanks for the comment. The front of the till box raises straight up to reveal a space under the false floor.

-- I leave behind little bits of beauty to compensate for for my impact on this world.

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#3 posted 05-23-2016 02:57 AM

Very nice work, ten heirlooms one down and only nine to go. that will be a blessing to you and your Grand children congratulations happy days in your wood shop.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 05-23-2016 05:01 AM

Nice work! I like the feet.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 05-23-2016 01:15 PM

they look great

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#6 posted 05-23-2016 05:46 PM

Nicely done Jack. I’ll send you a picture of our antique chest… Very similar… Great looking dovetails, btw.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 05-23-2016 08:37 PM

Jack, that is a beautiful piece. Congratulations.

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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#8 posted 05-24-2016 12:40 AM

What gr8 heirloom chests for whomever receives them. Those will be handed down down down. Very well done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 05-24-2016 05:26 PM

Classic old school design with clasic woodworking elements. I like that rustic massive design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-25-2016 02:59 AM

really nice.

-- Jeff NJ

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#11 posted 05-26-2016 01:07 AM

That’s quite a task considering you have ten to build. Nice work.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#12 posted 05-26-2016 04:08 AM

What a great chest. My father and his older brother teamed up to do the same thing for their granddaughters, twelve I think. They did them all in cedar. Theirs were nice, but yours are beautiful.

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#13 posted 06-06-2016 01:33 AM

I have not seen one of the so called “Pennsylvania Chests” in cherry. I like it though. Both are beautiful. Those are a gift of time, skill, and love for the grandchildren. Thanks for posting.

-- Ben in Va

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