My first project - Blanket chest for sister

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Project by DocWithManyHats posted 04-07-2011 04:15 AM 1582 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first thing I’ve made from wood. I got the itch to build something and my sister said she could use a blanket chest. I bought some wood, glue, clamps, circular saw and a router. I already owned a finishing sander. The only reason for the sander is because I buy pre-made bases for sculptures I make and I finish them. I guess I can make my own bases now that I own a router.

I practiced making dovetails on scrap for a while before trying them on what was to become my finished piece. I think there are about 200 or so. This was the most fun part of the project for me. I decided to make an inlay/border. This was by far the hardest part of the project. The inlay is 3/8” thick marble. I probably won’t do that again on future projects because it wound up being so time consuming, and I cut my hand pretty badly on a broken piece of marble.

The material inside lining was her request. I don’t really care for it and would probably just leave it unstained in the future if I make another. I spent a fair amount of time finishing the piece and found a lot of different techniques on the web. It came out better than I expected and I think she’ll be pleased with it.

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Ed Pirnik

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 04:34 PM

Well done! Keep building your skill set – this is a great first project!

-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 01:38 AM

Man well done it looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 03:41 PM

That’s a very nice first project, and a kind thing to do for Your sister, sorry to hear You cut Yourself, be careful, Marble Inlay sounds cool, adds a touch of class, that’s a ton of joints, looks good, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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David White

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 10:44 PM

Well done – excellent job for a first time project. Keep at it!


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