My version Green & Green Blanket Chest

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Project by Jim posted 04-14-2010 03:53 AM 5030 views 35 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my version of Darrell Peart’s blanket chest. I took the 1 week class from him about a month ago at William Ng’s school in LA. The class was great. It’s taken me a while after I got home to finish it up. I ended up not putting on the faux straps on the base. My straps didn’t turn out too well so I opted to go without. I still think the chest is a classic. The Mohagany turned out really beautiful. It’s my first project using that wood.

I HIGHLY recommend both William’s school (I’ve taken 2 classes there) and Darrell’s class. This was a fun project to build and I learned a lot of new techniques with the proud finger joints and the ebony plugs per G&G.


-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 04:17 AM

wow, great job on this chest.. it looks great…

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 04:20 AM

The box joints are beautiful.

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 04:26 AM

Very nice! The G&G style is really growing on me. Great job!

-- Marc,

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 05:03 AM

Wonderful chest, looks great. Hard to tell from the photos, but how many boards are used for the sides?

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#5 posted 04-14-2010 05:10 AM

WOW! really sharp. Well done.

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#6 posted 04-14-2010 05:22 AM

I’d say you were a great student and learned well. This is a gorgeous piece.

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#7 posted 04-14-2010 05:23 AM

well done thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 04-14-2010 06:24 AM

Excellent, excellent work – beautiful results!

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#9 posted 04-14-2010 06:30 AM

Wow Jim, that is quite an heirloom you’ve built. The build quality looks to be top drawer and the mahogany is beautiful. What finish did you use? If I may ask…

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#10 posted 04-14-2010 07:35 AM

@Hallmark – The sides were 2 boards and the lid was 3. The lumber was well matched (thanks to William). The wood has some beautiful black ribbons in it that add some very interesting contrast above the normal ribbon striping of quarter-sawn mahogany.
@mobilepaul – Darrell has a recipe for coloring, but I decided I’d let natural age darken it over time. I put on one coat of GF Seal-A-Cell, 6 coats of GF Arm-R-Seal Satin all hand wiped, no thinning. I then topped it off with a coat of Tre-Wax hand rubbed in and buffed.

Thanks for the encouragement, now on to my next big project (2 desks, shelves and a Murphy bed for the den)

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#11 posted 04-14-2010 12:31 PM

Very beautiful piece…

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#12 posted 04-14-2010 01:37 PM

wonderful chest..great details

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#13 posted 04-14-2010 02:00 PM


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#14 posted 04-14-2010 02:09 PM

Fantastic job, this is beautiful !!!

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#15 posted 04-14-2010 02:56 PM

That’s awsome!, I love it. Thanks for posting

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