Blanket Chest

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Project by John posted 2395 days ago 1920 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made from a series of plans in Wood magazine. Wood was purchased from the Frank Miller Lumber Co. in Union City, IN. They have a discount for Marc Adams students. Frame and panel construction with stub tenon joinery cut on the table saw. Finish is three coats watco danish oil in med walnut and several coats of thinned satin poly

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 2395 days ago

Nice chest. Did you make the bed too?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 2395 days ago

Man, nice lines, fantastic grain, superb workmanship…, this one’s got it all.

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#3 posted 2395 days ago


Yup. Plans for both came from Wood magazine. They had an Arts & Crafts suite over several issues. I just completed assembly of a matching night stand and one coat of oil. I’ll post that when It’s done.

Thanks. Can’t take credit though. Coming up with own designs is coming soon.


-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#4 posted 2395 days ago

I love the quatersawn oak on this chest. Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 2395 days ago

John, I really like the chest. What issue of Wood was that in?

My wife wants something at the end of the bed. Instead of a chest though she wants something with an open face and two shelves to put shoes in. I’d also like to make it with taller side rails and have a cushion on it. Now my mind is racing with ideas. Shoes wouldn’t go all the way to the back of the chest, nor would two shelves take up the entire height. I wonder if I could still have a lid with several compartments inside. I think it’s time to fire up Sketchit.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#6 posted 2395 days ago


The blanket chest was Wood magazine issue 161 Feb/March 2005. The bed frame was issue 158 October 2004. The nightstand was issue 159 November 2004. And the dresser is issue 160 Dec/Jan 2004/2005. Good luck.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#7 posted 2395 days ago

Great Job!

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#8 posted 2395 days ago

Yep I agree with Gary, gotta love the fleck in that Q-sawn white oak. Very nice piece.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#9 posted 2395 days ago

Beautiful grain on that chest. You didn’t opt for the blue glaze. I think that was the plans I remember in Wood.

A great looking chest.

-- 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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#10 posted 2395 days ago

Thanks again. Don’t recall the blue glaze from the article. I wanted to show off the figure as much as possible so oil and satin poly.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#11 posted 2394 days ago

Beautiful wood, great work, very nice. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 2394 days ago

Nicely done John~
Got to scan through my Wood magazines – appreciate your putting the issue down for us. Didn’t remember this one. Great timing for me.
Gotta figure out a way to hide this from my wife… can see building a bed in y future.

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#13 posted 2391 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#14 posted 1083 days ago

Excellent work all around. Inspiring, but not very cold around here in south TX though for blankets.

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