Shaker Blanket Chest

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Project by PGreene posted 10-24-2010 09:30 PM 4038 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally done! I guess you can say I started this blanket chest years ago. The lumber for the chest came from a southern yellow pine I had cut about 3 years ago. I milled several boards that were just shy of 19” wide. I used these for this blanket chest. The bottom is also made from some cedar I had milled that same day.

For the construction I hand cut the dovetailed corners as well as the mitered-top dovetails on the base. I copied the design from an original Shaker chest that was up for auction a few years ago and went for $32,000. I don’t think mine is quite that valueable yet, but I am really proud everytime I walk past it.

The hinges are from Lee Valley and are hand forged strap hinges. The finishing process was really fun. I didn’t want to put all this work into the piece and it come out blotchy like pine has a tendency to do. I used a technique described in American Woodworker (see here) and it worked like a charm. It involves dye, shellac and a glaze before the topcoats.

This really might have moved me toward doing a lot more work with just hand tools! All comments and any critiques are welcomed. Thanks for looking!

-- Patrick

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 09:33 PM

Nice blanket chest.

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 10:05 PM

Great blanket chest, My wife wants me to make one, yours is on the list to look at with her.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 10:10 PM

Looks great Patrick a real classic.

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 01:38 AM

Very nice looking. I agree that the finish came out great.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 01:47 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 08:01 AM

Great build. This is a timeless look and will be admired for the ages.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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