cherry blanket chest

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Project by Sawdust posted 05-17-2006 08:29 PM 4554 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a friend who discovered some 30 yr. old cherry in his Dad’s shop as he was cleaning the shop after his Dad passed away. Since he wasn’t interested in the lumber he offered it to me. There was enough to do several furniture pieces, and I made this for his Mom, in lieu of paying him for the material.

The photos are a little dark. The cherry had darkened deeply over the years of storage, and had some beautiful figure in it.

The piece is finished with Maloof’s oil finish.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 05-18-2006 11:36 PM

It would be cool to see better photos of this project. If you wanted to email the best photo you have, I can see if I can clean it up and lighten it with my photo software. I have taken some of my bad photos and made them presentable.

I like your project, this Cherry Chest will be treasured for many generations. I restored an old Mahogany Chest for a woman recently, and added her mother’s Monogram initials in a carved mahogany panel on the front. The woman cried when I delivered it, insuring that it would be well cared for. This type of project is the kind that people become emotionally attached to, making them cherished family heirlooms. Great Work.

Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#2 posted 05-25-2006 02:17 PM

An heirloom piece. Well done!

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#3 posted 03-09-2007 07:11 AM

Thats a beautiful blanket chest. Nice figure in the cherry.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 03-09-2007 01:31 PM

what a beautiful gift you gave the family.
Isn’t this beautiful wood and a gorgeous “box”.
You must be very proud.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 04-02-2007 12:21 AM

looks great! cherry is truely a beautiful wood! it will be in the family for years!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#6 posted 01-30-2008 07:40 AM

Looking through the “old posts”. Beautiful chest. Wonderful grain and great find.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 01-30-2008 08:27 AM

Nice chest – and nice digging John…

I wonder how many LJs there were 637 days ago?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 06-05-2008 05:31 AM


-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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John Gray

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#9 posted 06-05-2008 06:21 AM

Super great!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#10 posted 03-05-2009 06:42 PM

Great project!
I like your workshop also.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#11 posted 07-22-2014 07:49 PM


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