|Project by Miccos||posted 09-19-2016 04:21 AM||611 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
My wife loves her collection of blankets (she calls lovies). I built this chest for her over the past several months from her grandfathers historical plantation barn built in 1860. The barn was severely damaged in a storm and unfortunately had to come down. There were no plans with the exception of Jays Custom Creations providing the starting point. I started with a 3/4 inch finished ply bottom and built up from there. Everything was planed, saw squared, or resawed. The wood is oak, pine, and walnut. I added the walnut for strength and appearance. I built the frame using pocket holes. Pocket holes allowed me to preserve the natural nail holes cracks etc without cutting them off. Not cutting them off as much anyway. I used the walnut dowels for added strength. I think they look cool also. The ends were very brittle and much of the wood has not only been weathered but survived a fire. You can see the black in some of the wood. I laminated the top using biscuit joints and attached it with Rockler Lid Stay hinges. These hinges are expensive but awesome! The bread board ends were my first and still a little rough in my opinion. Rough Walnut resaw was a first for me and used on the panels. The panels were glued to the mdf board which I used to sheath the inside. I trimmed the bottom and inside edge with walnut. Finished with Formbys Tung oil and several coats of wax. This is very heavy and a two man job to carry! She doesn’t like the smell of cedar so I am looking for suggestions on covering the inside. I hope this is a heirloom piece for many generations. This one is special to both of us!