Blanket Chest II

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Project by Robw posted 1224 days ago 1347 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a blanket chest out of cherry for our son a number of years ago and when he moved into a smaller place without room for it we had it in a bedroom for a year or so. We liked it so when he took it back I built one for us. This chest is built from a piece of salvaged mahogany that was reported to be sunk in a river in Belize for almost 100 years. My dad ordered it on line to do some turnings and gave me a piece that was about 12”X5”X5 feet. It is very heavy and hard. I started this project in October of 09 and did not finish till last spring. It took a long time as it was fairly complex with several techniques I had to figure out for myself. I also put it aside for some other projects. The chest is 47” wide, 24” deep, and 27” high. The trim is some quilted maple that I had and purple heart, lined with aromatic cedar. I don’t usually use more than 2 types of contrasting wood as I think things get rather busy looking, but in this case it worked well. The Mahogany sides are about 5/8 thick with ¼ cedar inside, the top is 3/8 plywood with 1/8 mahogany/ purple heart on top and 3/16 cedar on the bottom and 2X2 maple frame with mitered corners reinforced with 2 biscuits and 2 splines each. The bottom is ½ plywood and the box corners are ¼ maple with varying size and thickness splines. I used a lot of screws at the corners, base, and the bottom that are all covered that make things quite strong (usually I only use screws for hardware). I finished it with Minwax satin wipe on poly (6 or 7 coats). It was a lot of work but it came out very nice.


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#1 posted 1224 days ago

Let me be the first to say what an eyecatcher this chest is! Love the curves and quilted maple.

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Occie gilliam

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#2 posted 1224 days ago

Yes an eyecatcher, nice work Rob

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#3 posted 1224 days ago

Very very nice! I’ve favorited it and gonna steal some aspects of your design for an upcoming toy box I’m building. I recently made similar but slightly more complex feet on a project, how did you make yours?
Thats fantastic work Robw… you should be proud.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#4 posted 1224 days ago

Very nice design and execution. Thanks for posting it.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 1224 days ago

Wow this is amazing top to bottom.great build, fantastic wood. This is fit for a king. three thumbs up…

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#6 posted 1223 days ago

very nice. the wood combo is really nice also, including the splines

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 1223 days ago

Totally captivating. Wonderful wood choices, expertly concieved and executed.

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#8 posted 1223 days ago

Amazing work, well done, I just priced some of the Belize Mahogany Yesterday at “Hearne Hardwoods” in Oxford PA. One of the yard attendants told me they had just sold over 1500 BF to Fender Guitar. They are currently selling it for $60.00 a BF. To see the wood up close and personal, it is truly amazing, over 150 years old and a very tight (old growth) grain pattern.

Your choice of display for such a fine product is awesome.

Congrats and thanks for posting.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#9 posted 1221 days ago

Ryan, the feet are fairly easy. Start out with a square frame (this case about 12X12 out of 3”X2” stock) with mitred corners reinforced with 2 biscuits each. Then cut into 4 pieces and shape with band saw, router table and sander. They are attached with long screws and glue.

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