Hickory/Walnut/Cedar Blanket Box

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Project by Randy Moseley posted 01-28-2010 03:31 AM 3788 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This blanket box is for a charity silent auction. The box is 3/4” lower quality oak plywood, covered with resawn hickory veneer for the outside. The inside and drawer bottom are unfinished aromatic cedar veneer, which I cut from 1 X 4 X 8 cedar boards. The corner posts and straps are walnut. The straps are bent using laminated thin strips of walnut resawn, glued with plastic resin glue, and put into a mold to dry. The end top pieces are thin walnut to mate with the posts and follow the curve of the top. Handles are cut from 2” thick walnut, as are the drawer knobs, which are turned on the lathe. I cut all the veneers on the table saw/bandsaw, and edge glued. The top is made with 2×6 pine (aka wall studs) cut to shape, then covered with 1/8” plywood, then covered with the hickory veneers. The finish is two coats of sanding sealer and two coats of lacquer, sprayed.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 03:34 AM

Nice chest, I like the woods you used.

Question – Is there some hidden / usable space in that lid?

Thank you for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 03:37 AM

That’s so unique and special a great build it looks wonderful.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 03:47 AM

Very nice looking chest Randal. Hope you bring in the bank for your charity,

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 03:48 AM

Really nice job, Randal. I really like that hickory. BTW, I live in DeKalb,Texas

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 03:53 AM

Beautiful work. I like the design.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 03:55 AM

incredible, I don’t think I have ever seen a cooler, nicer chest. I would like to see some work in progress photos, especially on the lid and straps. Very Nice !!!

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 05:00 AM

Very nice looking chest – rare design/shape. Neat build & finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 02:30 PM

Very nice work, the woods compliment each other well. Glad to see it is for a silent auction charity. I too, do a few things for charity’s.

-- Robert-maine

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 05:34 PM

Love the design and the mix of woods works very well. Nice!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 09:23 PM

Very nice box made out of reclaimed materials. I too make chests out of reclaimed materials and donate them to silent auctions. I include a letter of authenticity describing all the materials I used and where the came from. And with I take a few pictures during various stages of building and include the in the letter. People seem to like this and they tend to bid more, and its fun to create something from scratch while helping a charity at the same time.

I like the contrast between the woods in picture #3 especially when the lid or the drawer is opened. The light and dark and purple are pleasing to the eye. I too think you have a hidden compartment underneath the lid.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#11 posted 01-29-2010 03:24 AM

Very nicely done. It will surely fetch a good price for your cause.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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