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Toybox / Blanket Chest

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Project by Muzhik posted 1413 days ago 1405 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So glad to finally get this one off my bench. It’s been far too long in the making. I built it for another Air Force member who “bought my services” at a charity fundraiser around Thanksgiving ‘08. He took awhile to decide what he wanted me to build, but I started building it almost a year ago. Since the original fundraiser, we have both moved back to the states. Fortunately, we both moved to the same new base (from the same old base). I would hate to have to ship this piece!

I’ll admit that a big part of the problem was my own motivation. It’s not quite my style – especially considering that he wanted the rail on top to hold a cushion and cover up that beautiful walnut. On top of that, it’s going to a toddler for use as a toybox – and later on to serve as a blanket chest, if it survives… Guess I better get used to building things as the “customer” wants them if I ever get serious about doing this for a living…

Now that it’s done, it DOES kind of look nice in my den while it awaits delivery day. Guess this style has grown on me after all.

Here’s hoping my next project doesn’t take so long!





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dub560

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#1 posted 1413 days ago

agree with pat

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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OttoH

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#2 posted 1413 days ago

A very nice chest indeed, I know it is hard to build such a fine piece and hand it off to a toddler, but it has been built well and should survive wonderfully.

It is good to see the Air Force represented, I retired after 20 years of service in October of 97.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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PaBull

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#3 posted 1413 days ago

Very nice, great inspiration.

I have a couple to make too, but not for Fundraiser, but for my sons wedding in February and for two daughters that are moving out.

Thanks for the post!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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GabrielX

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#4 posted 1413 days ago

I have to get around to attempting one of those! Looks neat…

-- GX

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Richard

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#5 posted 1413 days ago

Call me a critic but…....
I have to say it looks a tad oversized and out of proportion with the room. The top coat is kind of patchy and it doesn’t match with the rest of it, and I bet he needs lots of room to exercise…

But your toybox/blanket chest looks very nice. I like the spacing of the dovetails and how they continue down the base legs.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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Ole

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#6 posted 1413 days ago

I like the book matching!

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Chip

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#7 posted 1413 days ago

I think it’s beautiful and the joinery is really terrific. The book matching is stunning. Wonderful job!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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mafe

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#8 posted 1413 days ago

You have made a beautiful job, if I will ever make a piece like that I will be a happy man.
I think acually the design are really well, also the top rail.
Be proud, you should.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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BTKS

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#9 posted 1412 days ago

You think 11/2 to 2 years is long. That is exactly what my wife wanted built before we were married. Our 12th anniversary is in October. OOOOOPPPPSSSSS. Guess I’ve got a guilt trip to drink through tonight, LOL.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Flemming

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#10 posted 1411 days ago

I’m glad the style has grown on you my friend
it’s truly a wonderful piece you’ve made!
good job, and congrats on finishing it

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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BobAtl

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#11 posted 1266 days ago

That’s a beautiful chest and one HANDOSOME pup!! Not sure which I’d be proudest of if I were you!
Congrats on a job beautifully done on the chest. You never know – you may influence that little fellow receiving it for a toy box to become a woodworker himself some day. My uncle introduced me to his shop about 30 years ago and I’m still grateful.

-- Bob, Atlanta

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JT211

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#12 posted 1223 days ago

Great work~

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