Trio of chests

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Project by yokel posted 05-18-2011 06:54 AM 2319 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 06:59 AM

One incredible blanket chest wasn’t enough, was it!? You had to go and make THREE incredible blanket chests. Ok, ok, I see how you wanna be.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 12:09 PM

Very nice work, how did you carve the letters on the lid?

-- Vince

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 01:23 PM

Real nice work.
I would have a hard time making just one.
The carving is a fine addition, and I am sure that AJJ was happy to get it.

-- Chuck

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 07:07 PM

LOL, i guess the old adage, if your gonna build one you might as well build two(or three in this case). The Cherry one is intended for my nephew if his parent have room in their already cramped apartment. The Initials were routed out with a 1/8” core box bit. I made some templates to guide the router. I can’t recall what font i ended up going with.

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#5 posted 05-18-2011 07:36 PM

Very nice! I to believe in building a few while the shop is set up for it. Did you make the feet or purchase them?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 05-18-2011 08:02 PM

I made the feet. Probably the most enjoyable part of the build. All the hand tooling gave me some time to just relax & get more intimate with the wood. Apart from the cove cut everything was done with hand planes & scrapers.

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 03:40 AM

I know the point of the “Rough Cut” show is to showcase some traditional reproductions, but I know I am probably not alone in saying that I prefer your Cherry/BEM chest to the carved panel one on the show/FWW cover. It would look good in any room regardless of the decor. You’ve got skills.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 06:12 PM

How did you do the “flutes” in the face frames ?

-- "thats all I have to say about that..."

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#9 posted 06-01-2011 02:26 AM

I did the beading with this bit: in the router table. Whiteside made this profile to aid in reproducing the blanket chest in FWW #217. Otherwise you’d likely have to make your own moulding plane & cutter to get that specific profile.

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#10 posted 08-28-2011 07:11 AM

very impressive yokel all three chest are just stunningly beautiful great job!!!

-- Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without

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