Cherry and Maple Blanket bench

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Project by HawkDriver posted 947 days ago 1281 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commisioned to build this last month as a birthday present for a friends wife. I nearly missed the deadline which was November 21st. I learned entirely too many things on this project which were all rookie lessons. Not “oh that’s good to know” or “I will do this better next time” but lessons such as don’t let anyone else pick out lumber for you (especially the client). Additionally, I moved to a new house at the beginning of Novemeber, so the garage was a total train wreck while I was trying to get this thing finished up.

Anyway, It turned out well, my friend and his wife immediately fell in love with it and my new favorite finish is clear lacquer. The dimensions are 48”L x 24”D x 20”H. Built from Black Cherry and Curly Maple. No fancy joinery just lots of gluing, clamping, countersinking and plugging. By the way, the new self centering, tapered Hitachi plug cutter my wife bought me works great!

I plan on building another one of these for myself soon, so any advice on making it better would be appreciated!

Thanks for looking!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#1 posted 947 days ago

Very nice looking blanket chest/bench. Great work.
IMHO, try a darker color for the base/foot, so it looks like the base/foot is stronger, just my 2cent!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 947 days ago

This is really beautiful. The alternating light & dark woods are a nice look.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#3 posted 947 days ago

Well done, and I agree the base being lighter in color draws your eyes to the base and not the great looking wood on the upper part of the chest. The grain and finish look great and I can see why she likes it!

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

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#4 posted 947 days ago

You did a really nice job on this. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 947 days ago

Once again, Im impressed. I would have never thought you would get in to this. Great job. Its Beautiful.

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#6 posted 947 days ago

Advice on making it better? Heck, I was going to ask you for advice on making mine.

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#7 posted 947 days ago

How did you join your corners? Did you just glue them and using finishing nails, or screw and plug? It’s a great looking chest.

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#8 posted 946 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys. I like the color contrast, but you might be right about the base being a darker color. The corners are butt joints, glued, screwed and plugged. The hitachi plug cutter my wife bought me works great. In the pics you can’t even see the plugs, and in person you really have to look for them as well. It cuts tapered plugs to ensure a real tight fit.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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