Cedar lined Oak Blanket Chest

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Project by shopmania posted 08-10-2010 09:14 PM 2635 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the project I’m most happy with and proud of to date. It started out as a gift for my brother/ sister in laws friend. After all the cost and time (mine and my brothers) invested, they decided to keep it for themselves. It is made of quartersawn White Oak and plywood of the same species, with frame and panel construction, with a solid top. It is stained with cherry stain, and about 8 coats of poly sprayed on. I got a sprayer specially for this project, and I’m really glad I did! I am very pleased with the finish. I got the sprayer from Harbor Freight for about $70, the exact same one Rockler sells for about $125. I’ve never used a sprayer before, so I have nothing to compare to, but I was very happy with it. it put the finish on very nicely with a minimum of overspray.

My sister in law is tickled with it. It was a fun project, and I got to spend a good bit of time with my brother working on it. I also got a biscuit joiner and sprayer to add to my tool collection. I also learned a lot, as always.

Thanks to fellow lumber jock Huff, who got the wood for me at an out of state lumber yard he goes to occasionally, and for letting me use his tool to groove the frame and panel pieces.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 10:08 PM

You did a great job on the chest thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 10:13 PM

Looks great. Once I get a little more skill under my belt I really want to make one of these for my Wife and MIL.

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 11:37 PM

Nice finish on that chest. I like the construction too.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 01:48 AM

A very nice job. Good proportion and classic style.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 02:11 AM

That is gorgeous! You did a great job with this. By the way, I love the footboard too.

-- Janice

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 06:49 PM

Tim, Your blanket chest turned out great! I like the detail you did at the bottom and the cedar lining is a nice touch. I can see why your brother and sister in law decided to keep it for themselves. Well done.

-- John @

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 07:35 PM

Very nice chest. Great job on the finish as well. And it’s always nice to hear a story with one Jock helping out another too! So, thanks to Huff too for just being another great example of the kind and generous people here.

-- Matt -

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 04:34 AM

Hey Shopmania,
Nice design and finish….well done.

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#9 posted 09-20-2010 08:52 PM

Very nice I built one of these not to long ago except mine is pine box lined with cedar. I also added to my tool collection while I was building it and like you said I leaned a lot while building it. Thanks of sharing.

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