Cedar Shaker inspired blanket chest

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Project by Bertha posted 01-14-2011 06:23 PM 2472 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a Shaker-inspired cedar blanket chest I made for my Sister. I built that bed too in a hurry, expecting a visit from my Mother. The bed was built out of Lowe’s fence materials as well.

The chest incorporates a molded breadboard, more because I wanted to try it than it needed it! Hand cut dovetails on the carcass/plinth. Plinth done on the bandsaw. Tongue/groove done with planes but molding done on the shaper. Thing weighs about a pound and smells glorious. Cedar was fence stock from Lowe’s.

Now that I’ve published a completed woodworking project, I can use the space to share some of my favorite tools/tool mods.

There’s my pride & joy, a slipper plane by miniaturist Paul Hamler (NOTE: I DID NOT HAVE ANY INVOLVEMENT IN THE MAKING OF THIS PLANE!!!!!). It’s my favorite plane, though. I’ve also got his scraper insert that I’ll post when I find a good plane for it (hopefully a bedrock, as Mr. Hamler would have wanted it).

There’s a Stanley No.40 scrub with a homebrewed rear tote.

There’s a Butcher chisel with a home-turned rosewood knob & brass ferrule (purchased from Lee Valley I think)

There’s a large Stanley router with home-turned redheart knobs.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 07:23 PM

Neat tools. Well done on your projects!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 07:31 PM

nice work. the tongue and groove in combination with the molding gives it a very traditional look that works well with the rest of the design.

how did you finish it?

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 12:07 AM

I will not talk about the chest.
The router is so beautiful, my oh.
The stanley plane a real Sweethaert.
But the Paul Hamler is worth killing for (allmost), he was just amazing, I admire his work.
The fact you have his insert makes me blue, I have looked at this a lot, and since it is not possible to get, I am planning to make one when I find the time.
Ok, and the cest is not all bad eighter, your sister must be happy.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 01:09 AM

Thanks Mads, for you, I’ll take a picture of my scraper insert tonight and post it. He even engraved my company’s logo into the knob. To top that, he machined me a belt buckle with my logo. As you might imagine from this, I’m likely his biggest fan. I’ll describe my visit to his workshop one day. It was too intense an experience to describe in stream of consciousness forum post. Thank you for the comments regarding the tools. You’re right, the chest…meh…it’s a cedar chest. It’s the tools that made it that get me pumped.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 12:26 PM

Berta, this is fantastic work. You have great talent and the hand tools are beautiful!. Very nice.

-- Michael and Matthew

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