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Project by bobthebuilderinmichigan posted 1264 days ago 1665 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I obtained the basic plan for this piece from PlansNow.com and made a few alterations. First, I made the legs taper toward the bottom instead of getting thicker toward the bottom. Second, I made the top out of 5 boards glued up and joined with biscuits. I then beveled the underside of the top to show a 1/2” edge instead of a 3/4” edge. I also used solid wood on the side and back panels instead of plywood. The chest is made of white ash except for the drawer bottom which is 3/16” birch ply and the bottom lining of the chest which is 1/4” cedar tongue-in-groove 3 1/2”wide pieces. The finish is 2 coats of Minwax English Chestnut stain with 2 coats of Minwax Satin Polyurethane.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1264 days ago

Nice looking blanket chest.

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#2 posted 1264 days ago

Great Job!

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#3 posted 1262 days ago

Very nice looking chest, Bob. You did a nice job on it. That’s a nice color for the ash. If I might make an observation. Those are very large panels on the sides, and unless your house is totally climate controlled, you will see some seasonal movement in them. That’s one reason the plans may have called for plywood. You can always make this type of panel from some nice veneer over mdf, and you won’t have to worry about wood movement. Just something to think about. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 908 days ago

It’s a real beauty , Bob : )
Any issues with seasonal movements of the panels yet ?

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

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#5 posted 908 days ago

Dusty- thanks! No there have been no problems with the panels and it has been almost a year now.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#6 posted 908 days ago

I like it Bob very nice clean build and a super finished chest.

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#7 posted 908 days ago

Good to hear ,Bob.
I’m not usually a big fan of stained wood , but yours really came out well along with that nice satin finish : )
Happy New Year to you and yours !

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

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