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Project by LukieB posted 830 days ago 2716 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made two of these bad boys awhile back, a blanket chest for a customer and a toy box for my daughter. They were identical. I went ahead and lined them both with aromatic cedar thinking that one day that toy box will become a blanket chest too. (Although by then it probably won’t smell pretty no more.) The cherry had some nice figure, the photos don’t quite do it justice. I used boiled linseed oil to try and make the figure pop more, followed by shellac, and then a poly top coat (or 6). Fourth and fifth pictures are of my daughter testing the “Lid Stay Torison Hinges” and it’s overall durability. So excited to have found this site!!! Nice to know there’s people as excited and as geeky about wood as me.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 830 days ago

That’s a super looking blanket chest an a real cutie sitting on top of it too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lightweightladylefty

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#2 posted 830 days ago

Lukie,

Nice looking toy box/blanket chest and a cute ornament on the top, too!

Welcome to LJs!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Lyn

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#3 posted 829 days ago

Congratulations on your build, it looks great. The finish turned out nicely. Looks like you daughter is thinking of a great hide and seek spot. Welcome to LJ.

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planeBill

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#4 posted 829 days ago

Beautiful chest. I love cherry. Looks great.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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nomercadies

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#5 posted 829 days ago

Beauty. A work of art.
What was your source for “Lid Stay Torsion Hinges?”

Until I actually read the text below the pictures, I was going to ask how the heck you kept the lid up.
Sometimes I think the folks in here are 100 percent woodworkers and 100 percent artists … I know … the math isn’t right, but the facts are.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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LukieB

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#6 posted 829 days ago

nomercadies, the hinges came from Rockler, pricey…but well worth the peace of mind. It took 3 of the 60lb. rated to hold up the 48”x22”x3/4” cherry top sufficiently.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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nomercadies

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#7 posted 829 days ago

Rockler … got it.
Thank you very much.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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jcwalleye

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#8 posted 827 days ago

This post couldn’t be more timely Lukie. I’m close to hinging a similarly sized lid and was unsure of the weight rating until reading of your project. I ordered 3 of the 60 lb hinges and am now confident I guessed right. Thanks for posting such a nice job.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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josh

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#9 posted 779 days ago

Yes we woodworkers are nutty about our wood.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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Kara80537

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#10 posted 606 days ago

How much does it cost to build something like this? I am suppose to do this exact one for a project so I have been looking around and pricing things.

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LukieB

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#11 posted 606 days ago

Kara, I probably got about $300 in it, but 100 of that was those fancy hinges, plus I still have a huge chunk of 8/4 cherry left over from the legs. Hope that helps?!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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Kara80537

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#12 posted 605 days ago

Thanks I am just looking for a good place to buy the wood. I am in Greeley and have to make 2 of these for a community service project. And ideas would help.

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ShaneA

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#13 posted 605 days ago

Nice looking chest. : )

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LukieB

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#14 posted 605 days ago

Kara, I got the lumber from Sears Trostel in Fort Collinns. Nice selection, decent prices. If you don’t wanna go all the way to FoCo, Woodcraft in Loveland has a pretty nice selection of cherry, A little pricier though.

Shane, Thank you

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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Kara80537

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#15 posted 589 days ago

Do you know where I can get the instructions for this chest. I have a copy of 3 pages but its just not make since to me… any advice will help I have to have it built before the 25th.

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