|Project by yokel||posted 05-18-2011 06:54 AM||1911 views||12 times favorited||10 comments|
These are a loose & kinda dumbed down interpretation of the reproduction blanket chest Tommy MacDonald did for his first episode of rough cut. I haven’t had a chance to check out the show yet but did read the companion article in Fine woodworking #217. The red oak & poplar chest were done for a mild profit & the cherry & BEM one was for fun. Construction is pretty much the same minus the tapered integral legs & carvings. I decided to go with bracketed feet instead & the sides are simply joined with loose M&T’s. The Cherry & Poplar ones have rabbeted 1/2” panels. The RO panels were resawn & book matched from one piece of 8/4 stock & ran horizontally so i could wrap the grain around the entire case. The red oak one was a commissioned piece intended to be a toy box that could be passed down to the clients son when he grew up(hence the initials in the lid). The finish is trans-tint mission brown/general finishes brown mahogany gel stain & a poly topcoat. The cherry & birds eye maple(veneer) was finished with BLO & several coats of amber shellac. The 1st two picks are just BLO & the 3rd has the final coat of shellac on it. I still need to rub out the finish & give it a coat of wax. The poplar & MDf one will eventually be painted by someone with spray equipment. Don’t know if Tommy still has time to peruse this site, but thanks for the inspiration.