prototype blanket chest

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Project by JusticeBeaver posted 08-19-2011 09:10 PM 1173 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first “real” project, a prototype of a blanket chest for my recently born nephew.

It’s red oak, mortise and tenon joinery, plywood panels, and aromatic cedar floor. GF Cinnamon dye stain.

Being my first real project I learned a lot about how not to do it! I guess that’s what a prototype is for.

-- Lonnie - Peachtree Corners, GA

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#1 posted 08-19-2011 09:57 PM

Prototype!!?? It’s gorgeous. I love the finish.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 02:02 PM

JB..Nice job.. It looks a lot like the Blanket Chest featured in FWW and on the 207 Community that was made by Tommy MacDonald. Did you use his plans?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 02:08 PM

It’s a beautiful piece and looks great and for your first real project it turned out great. You call it a prototype. Are going to make some more?

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-20-2011 02:38 PM

Yes, I used the plans from Tommy Mac Chest. I don’t have a band saw yet so I couldn’t do the panels the way he did which would have been great. If anyone knows of a way to construct the panels without resawing them on the band saw I’d love to learn!

And yes again, I did another one almost at the same time that I gave as a gift. It was a lot of fun. I’f evaluate what worked and didn’t work on the first one and then the next weekend do it differently on the new one. Learned a lot that way – especially about cutting the joinery and spraying the finish!

-- Lonnie - Peachtree Corners, GA

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 03:25 AM

The longest journey starts with a first step. I think you did a great job. I also did mine using Tommy Macs’ plans but gave up on carving the panels.

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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