|Project by Caradec||posted 05-05-2011 04:53 PM||2566 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
Pulled some wood from a nearby barn and had a friend ask to make a Hope/Blanket Chest for them. So I figured “Why not?”
Now till this I have had zero experience building furniture, the only woodworking experience I have is from construction. And I only have a few tools. A table saw, a chop saw, drill, a couple routers, and a few other basic tools.
But I figured building the chest would be some good experience and I let the one who asked know that it wouldn’t be anything exceptional due lack of know how and proper tools.
So I spent a week building it. Chose the best wood I had, most was real 1” thick oak, and most all of it has nail holes and is weathered. I cut the boards down six inch wide planks, and squared them up, they were quite warped, used a block plane quite a bit. Sanded each board by hand (my air compressor decided to give up the ghost a few days previous) using 80 then 120 grit paper. Then slapped it all together. Used regular wood screws, I have never tried using dove tails to fit anything together and don’t have the means to try really, so I used those inside corner pieces o hold it all together. Also used right angle brackets as are in the pictures for added support.
It is 36”long, 24” tall and wide, the lid is another 4” for a total height of 28” and trim is 1/8” thick. Made the whole thing a lot bigger than I had intended. Almost all of it is Oak, the inside corner pieces are pine, and I’m really not sure what the trim is, it’s a lot harder than pine, thought it might be ash, but am not sure.
The lid looks goofy with those inside strips, they aren’t even, but I used alternating 6” and 4” planks and used the strips inside to cover any mistakes.
All in all it fit together rather well, the lid fit perfectly, and everyone I know who saw it said it looked nice. Learned a bit, made a lot of mistakes and a few are evident in the pics, but it was good practice and the one who asked me for it got it for free. It isn’t anything special or amazing like I see tons of other projects on this site, but it’s a start and I hope to improve as time goes on.
I apologize for the pics being a bit blurry, took them with my phone.