Honey, I shrank the Blanket Chest!

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Project by Condor1 posted 09-09-2011 10:26 PM 1823 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Awhile back I made and posted a blanket chest that I made for our oldest daughter. She is a quilt maker and needed something to store them in. That is the first part of the story. When it arrived at her home in the Dallas, area, her 12 year old daughter fell in love with it and asked her mother when she could have it. Her mother answered, the day that I die! That’s too long said the daughter. I think you know where this is going.

The Granddaughter came to our house for a visit just before school started and said. GRANDPA! Can you make me a Jewelry Box, that looks like mother’s Blanket Chest? I want it about this big, holding out her hands to show the length. I scaled the plans of Tommy McDonalds, blanket chest to .66 CM = 1” and went from there. The joinery is exactly the same as the full size blanket chest with mortise and tenon joints and floating panels. The lid was a glue-up of 5 planks with breadboard ends, like the original. Tommy, didn’t use breadboard ends but I like them on Arts and Crafts stile pieces. It was made from the off-cuts of the same Walnut, left over from the full size blanket chest. So like mother and daughter, the Blanket Chest and Jewelry Box are related. She dosen’t know that I made the jewelry box yet and I am keeping it for a surprise on our next visit. I may have opened Pandora’s Box. I have two other granddaughters.

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 10:31 PM

Gorgeous and I’m sure she will love it, Get ready to make a couple more lol.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 10:33 PM

Nice job! I like the ‘accent’ in the lid. I think you have created a family heirloom.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 12:31 AM

The breadboard ends is definitely the way to go IMHO.

Very nicely done.

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#4 posted 09-10-2011 12:39 AM

Nice work. I see in your future that you will be making a couple of more. Thanks for sharing the work and the story..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 09-10-2011 01:03 AM

You are a good Grandfather. By the way this Sunday is Grandparents day. Also, to everyone please remember this day of national tragedy. Prayer can still heal.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#6 posted 09-10-2011 03:27 AM

Gotta love those Grandaughters equally – get on those other two boxes…......

Nice work on this one and its larger inspiration

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#7 posted 09-10-2011 03:53 PM

Love the project and the reason behind it. You sir most definitely done well on both parts. Im sure your Granddaughter will cherish this for ever… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 09-10-2011 05:49 PM

Great looking jewelry box, and I am sure the granddaughter will appreciate it as much as the daughter did the
blanket chest. Speaking as a grandfather/great grandfather, I am sure that the other two chests are past the
the planning stage now, but what about the mother or mothers of those grandaughters? Good thing you did
not throw those chest plans away. Thank you for sharing and it is way too late to close that particular
Pandora’s box. Grandsons really appreciate tool boxes also.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 09-10-2011 06:16 PM

Very nice. Sounds like you are going to be starting a factory. please don’t export the jobs to China. lol. don’t forget a little prayer for the victims and heroes of 9/11.

-- stratman

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#10 posted 09-10-2011 06:53 PM

needless to say your Granddaughter will keep this forever and pass it on….”did yourself proud”

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#11 posted 09-11-2011 03:47 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I’m not usually a box maker. The only other box I ever made was one that I did not post. The box turned out O.K. but my wife didn’t like the Rapture Eye, that I carved into the lid. That box stays by the fireplace so that in the event it ever blinks, we can burn it fast. When I offered it to the 12 year old she said “that thing is not going home with me”.

Back to the subject. Yes, I’m planning to make two more Blanket Chest, jewelry boxes for the other two Granddaughters.

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

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 02:00 AM

Beautiful Blanket Chest.

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#13 posted 07-22-2013 01:36 PM

Nicely done! I love the story also :)

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