Cypress Blanket Chest

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Project by cajuncypress posted 09-06-2011 01:51 PM 5598 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This blanket chest was a project that my Brother-in-Law asked me to build. We are both huge fans of the look of cypress furniture and his wife wanted a blanket chest to replace an old press wood chest that she has had for several years.

The design was inspired by photos that my Bro-in-Law and his wife found while searching the internet. I drew the project up in SketchUp in an effort to provide them with an idea of what the completed project would look like. It was a good thing too because my sister-in-law asked me to change the dimensions of the case to accommodate the specific storage needs that she had for the chest (I love SketchUp).

The project is a simple raised panel design. The lid has a lip for a cushion as the chest will also double as a window seat.

-- A.K.A. The Wood Ninja (Silent but Dusty)

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 02:51 PM

Wonderful project, I love the grain in the raised panels, curious about what finish will be applied? I am hearing more and more about sketch up I have it on my computer but don’t seem to have the patience to learn how to use it.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 02:53 PM

What are the dimensions?

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 03:01 PM

very nice, I should to the time to build one, did you buy a plan or just your own idea?.

-- Mike, Marietta,ny

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 03:03 PM


Thanks. They requested an oil based satin poly because they have other cypress pieces in their home finished the same way. I actually prefer to use a waterborne poly on cypress though because the wide dark grain in cypress tends to have a higher concentration of resin in it and the oil based finish takes longer to dry. I have to admit though, the added trouble of the oil based finish is worth it. The cypress just looks so much better with the slight amber color you get from the oil based poly.


The inside dimensions of the chest are 15 1/2” tall, 15” deep, and 44 1/2” wide. Once I’m able to sign in, I’ll try to remember to share my design on SketchUp and post a link to it here.

-- A.K.A. The Wood Ninja (Silent but Dusty)

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 03:05 PM


The design is a combo of a couple of different pictures that they found online. It’s custom made to some specific storage needs that they had.

-- A.K.A. The Wood Ninja (Silent but Dusty)

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#6 posted 09-06-2011 04:16 PM

Very nice blanket chest. I have built alot of projects with cypress and have also used water based finish on them due to the faster drying time. When I paanelled my porch in it ans used a poly varnish it took nearly 2 weeks to dry.

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#7 posted 09-06-2011 06:39 PM

Really Nice!

I love Cypress too.

Thanks for sharing!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#8 posted 09-06-2011 06:51 PM

Cypress is wonderful. Great chest!

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

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#9 posted 09-07-2011 01:14 AM

Excellent. Great job.
Rick Wood

-- Rick Wood

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#10 posted 09-07-2011 03:34 AM

A really nice chest! That cypress is beautiful but not readily available in Ok. I’ll keep looking as I really like the look. Thanks for posting. I may copy it if I can find some affordable cypress.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 09-07-2011 05:18 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 09-07-2011 05:39 AM

Ok guys. I finally worked through my issues with Lion (Mac OS) and was able to upload the Sketchup model for the chest. The model can be downloaded at:

If any of you decide to build it, I would love to see pictures.

-- A.K.A. The Wood Ninja (Silent but Dusty)

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#13 posted 09-09-2011 02:25 AM

great looking chest
I never think of using cypress, but I like the look a lot
i think I might use it on a little tv stand I was going to make

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#14 posted 02-23-2012 04:06 AM

Your blanket chest is stunning. The material and the design come together very well. I’m looking to make a chest similar to this in the future. I’m wondering what raised panel bit and rail and style bit set you used on the panels. Thanks!


-- Greg, Long Island, NY

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#15 posted 02-23-2012 11:46 AM

Thanks Greg. The raised panel bit is MLCS item #8689 and the rail & stile set is MLCS item #8847.

-- A.K.A. The Wood Ninja (Silent but Dusty)

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