cherry blanket chest

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Project by Sawdust posted 2987 days ago 2953 views 7 times favorited 10 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 2986 days ago

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 2979 days ago

An heirloom piece. Well done!

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#3 posted 2692 days ago

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 †

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#4 posted 2691 days ago

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 2668 days ago

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 2365 days ago

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 2364 days ago

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 2238 days ago


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

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John Gray

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#9 posted 2238 days ago

Super great!!!!

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

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#10 posted 1964 days ago

Great project!
I like your workshop also.

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

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