Cedar Blanket Chest

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Project by Jerry Spencer posted 11-18-2017 02:48 PM 639 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to make a chest for sometime and finally completed it after building up the nerve to do it. There was a lot of research and you tube clips that went into making the bracket legs. But my table saw came through and handled diagonal shaving in making the coves.
The chest is made of cherry that came from Holmes County Ohio. The lid has aromatic cedar milled from a friend’s property. I had to add a third closer to accommodate the weight of the lid.
It’s a little bit bigger then my wife likes, but I told it can be used as my casket (provided I loose some weight) It measures 48”L X 23”H X 18”D. I used Varathane Country Oak stain with numerous coats of General Finishes Poly.
Thanks for looking.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#1 posted 11-18-2017 02:57 PM

Jerry, beautiful figured cherry, front and side and the legs ? WOW !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 11-18-2017 05:14 PM

This cedar chest is beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 11-18-2017 07:52 PM

I appreciate the compliments.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#4 posted 11-20-2017 06:38 AM

Nice chest. I like it when people allow the Cherry to go through it’s own color wheel. That will warm up nicely, but while it does, it is like a bunch of different chests.

Love those feet. People think you are a magician, and they give it a very nice look. How did you join the sides?

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#5 posted 11-20-2017 11:34 AM

Good looking chest. Nice work on the feet. Kudos!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 11-20-2017 02:15 PM

Hey SteveN, I joined the sides with Pocket Holes and plugged them with cherry. They are not completely concealed however they look better then leaving the holes left by the jig.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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