Pennsylvania Blanket Chest

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 1082 days ago 3246 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Pennsylvania blanket chest including the base, measures about 50” wide, 29” high, and 22 1/2” deep. The main box is made from 13/16” black walnut. The lid is 3/4” black walnut. I used through dovetails on the corners and half blind dovetails on the drawers. Below the drawers and inside the base, I utilized a web type dust frame made from poplar. I also installed a trim detail around the outside edges of the underside of the lid to cover the seam when the lid is closed.

I sealed and stained the chest with Waco Danish Oil, and several coats of satin Minwax poly.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 1082 days ago

Very nice! Love the Joinery!

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#2 posted 1082 days ago

Agreed, very nice joints!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 1082 days ago

Building a chest myself not near as nice as this one.Great Job! Did you cut the dovetails by hand?

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#4 posted 1082 days ago

Beautiful piece of work..

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

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#5 posted 1082 days ago

Beautiful blanket chest.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 1082 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments everyone.

Robert…no, I did the dovetails on a Leigh jig.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 1082 days ago

great looking chest but wonder if design on the top allows for seasonal expansion / shrink of materials (only question due to problems in my own work a while back where the frame fit perfectly when complete but the top grew across grain more than the long grain of the ends and joints in the frame separated)

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#8 posted 1082 days ago

MarkR2…the top detail is nailed and not glued.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 1082 days ago

Beautiful chest and the finish looks immaculate, what did you use?

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

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#10 posted 1081 days ago

I forgot that you need that many blankets up “norf”! Beautiful design and a master work !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#11 posted 1081 days ago

sgtq…the finish is Watco Danish Oil stain/sealer, and three coats of satin Minwax poly.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 1081 days ago

Now this is a beauty! Very good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 1081 days ago

Great work, I love walnut!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 990 days ago

Sorry I missed this beauty when first posted . Gorgeous looking Walnut and all of your details add up to one beautiful project !!
Happy Holidays , Wayne : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 857 days ago

Now this joinery is really first class! The chest is magnificent. I really like the satin minwax poly because it has a very soft warm feel & look. Simply a great looking blanket chest.

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