Blanket Chest

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Project by Jim posted 1552 days ago 2194 views 16 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first blanket chest (before the GnG). I built this for some friends son to keep all of his scouting memories in. The cabinet is walnut, with variable spaced dovetails. I used this project as an excuse to buy the PC Omni-Jig. It worked like a charm. I debated long and hard between the Omni and the Leigh jig. I ended up going with the Omni because of it’s positive stops and repeatability. Both are solid tools and could do the job.

The lid is Walnut Burl veneer trimmed in curly maple. I actually think this piece looks better in person than in the pictures.

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 1552 days ago

Beautiful chest, Jim!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 1552 days ago

It looks great in the picutres. Nice Job.

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-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 1552 days ago

very nice

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#6 posted 1552 days ago

Pretty woods and nice job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 1552 days ago

Very nice excellent wood choices and great workmanship

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1552 days ago

Beautiful – that top is a beautiful piece of wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 1551 days ago

Impressive! Nice work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 1551 days ago

Beautiful work Jim. It looks like the jig worked perfectly for you. I love the wood combo and the top is gorgeous. My wife has been wanting one of these. What are the overall dimensions? Great job and thanks for posting!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 1551 days ago

Beautifully done! Every joint looks perfect and the wood choices work great together. The walnut burl is amazing. One day I will take a crack at building one of these. Thank you for sharing.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#12 posted 1551 days ago

Eye Candy for sure and I’ll take that bet of seeing it in person so please forward asap…lol

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#13 posted 1551 days ago

Beautiful chest, Jim!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 1551 days ago

@blockhead: Thanks, the box is about H 18” x D 19” x W 36”

@Triumph1: I was able to take a class from David Marks about 2.5 years ago and learned some great details on veneering. It’s the only way I can afford really “sexy” wood like this burl and due to its dimensional stability, its the only way you can do some joints/styles. For instance, I could not have made the lid on this box the same way with solid wood. The miter joints would blow apart with wood movement. My other GnG style box uses breadboard ends to allow for the movement of the solid mohagany lid.

Again, thanks for all the kind words. I’m glad to say I still learn something new with each project.


-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#15 posted 1551 days ago

wow you got some nice pieces.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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