|Project by PGreene||posted 10-24-2010 09:30 PM||3670 views||9 times favorited||6 comments|
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!