The Blanket Chest

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Project by dan mosheim posted 01-31-2011 06:04 AM 1316 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s always nice to make something new. Sometimes though, it’s really nice to restore something as well. This chest was in a fire at my clients’ house … the second picture in the series above is the before shot … the third is before we ‘touched it up’, doing as little as possible to ‘preserve and protect’ in a 100% reversible manner … we did a lot of research and in the end, we were all pleased with the results … in the picture with the red writing is the client’s last name, ‘chinn’, and the date 1706, the year one of his relatives was married, and the year that relative built a house in virginia that is still standing today … So, don’t automatically look down your nose if someone asks you to ‘fix’ something or ‘restore’ something. It could well be, like this one, an interesting, challenging, and rewarding experience. There are larger photos and a detailed description of the process on my dorset custom furniture blog

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 06:09 AM

Looking good. Ready for another 300 years.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-31-2011 06:11 AM

Fantastic work!

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 06:12 AM

Interesting and well done

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 06:46 AM

Amazing job. What a treasure to save.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 06:46 AM


Having been through two house fires, I can really emphathize with your client even though I didn’t have anything so valuable. Were you able to get the smoke smell out enough for them to be able to actually use the piece again?

You did a fabulous job of restoring it. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 07:54 AM

You do old as will as you do new. Thanks for sharing. Excellent job as always.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 09:12 AM

I lost every thing In a fire very hard! It’s amazing the piece made It this long only If It could talk! thanks! for posting great save.

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 10:07 AM

Great post Dan! I love to hear of history and see the treasures of the past. That is an awesome burden to carry on your shoulders.

Wish I had the baskets my GggggggggDads Law and Ward carried their corn in to contribute to the purchase of Stamford, CT ;-)) We do have a few things form the 19th century that are still in the family.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 03:40 AM

Now what would those Keno bros. say about that! LOL You guys are amazing!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 04:48 AM

thank you all for your comments … i’m sure the keno brothers would have something to say, but, in the end, it’s not their family’s blanket chest … i think it was the kinks who said ‘give the people what they want’ ... the smoke smell is not completely gone … it’s about even with the mothball smell that’s still there … nothing that 20 years and a pine tree air freshener won’t take care of … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 05:24 AM

I never thought mothballs smelled that bad, just a fact of life when I was a kid. does anybody still use them?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 02-02-2011 03:52 AM

Really nice!


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#13 posted 02-06-2011 12:37 PM

A great project. I agree it is nice to restore a worthy project.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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