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Blanket Chest for Lily

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Project by Fiddy posted 12-21-2017 05:17 PM 437 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last month I decided to get going on my daughters blanket chest. After bringing her home, I was amazed at how many actual blankets we received as gifts for her and some very nice ones at that. That being said, might as well make a chest to store them!

The design is pretty straight forward – I wanted it to match the dresser I had built her before she was born so materials are hard maple and black walnut for the lid. I did use breadboards again which I really like the look and functionality. This time I was able to get a cleaner, tighter joint along the breadboards by taking a few short passes with my hand plane to truly create a draw. Finish is the same, white stain and top coat is sprayed lacquer. I finished the bottom with some aromatic cedar which created a nice scent, but also dressed it up inside.

Hinges are the Rockler Lid Stay hinges. Pretty neat set up and super simple to install. Just weigh your lid, take a dimension on depth and place into calculator to get the set up you need. They are very expensive in my opinion, I think close to $93 I paid for these. In the end, I would pay that over again to ensure a 16lb lid doesn’t come close to crushing any little fingers. As for functionality, so far so good, lid stays in any position you’d like. It is a bit tight, but I suppose that’s the trade-off. I will say to anyone interested in using them, they create a rather heavy gap which I’m not thrilled with. I debated mortising in the hinges, but was concerned that down the road years from now if the hinges failed I’m somewhat stuck if they no longer offer them. So I instead used some rubber bumps to make the gap even all around.

Any feedback or questions, let me know.

Thanks for checking it out and Merry Christmas!





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 05:38 PM

Fine looking pieces Friday. I used the same hinges on my grandsons toy box/blanket chest on the advise of a couple of ER nurses. They talked about the lids hitting toddlers heads and the injuries that followed. They are not so expensive after all!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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BB1

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 10:11 PM

Great design match with your prior dresser. The picture of your daughter is adorable – has to be very rewarding to build these for her.

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Fiddy

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 10:31 PM

Thanks guys – good point on the ER, one deductible and that’s a win!

It’s definitely a great feeling making her these things that she’ll be able to have around longer than me. Hope is that she enjoys that in the future.

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 10:38 PM

Very nice.
Caught her with a great smile to. Excellent photography skills.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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MontanaBob

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#5 posted 12-22-2017 10:47 AM

Outstanding….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#6 posted 12-22-2017 02:51 PM

Great job. I really like the look.

-- Larry - Illinois

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#7 posted 12-22-2017 02:55 PM

Both of these pieces are outstanding and you did a wonderful job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Fiddy

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#8 posted 12-23-2017 12:59 AM

Thank you all for the kind words and feedback – Merry Christmas!

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GR8HUNTER

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#9 posted 12-23-2017 03:01 AM

a very nice combination they look nice together ….you can be glad you used to quality hinges….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 12-26-2017 07:02 PM

This is beautiful

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