|Project by Robw||posted 04-22-2011 06:09 PM||1786 views||10 times favorited||9 comments|
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.