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Project by Willeh posted 954 days ago 2083 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this chest a few years ago as an anniversary present for my wife to sit at the end of the bed and store extra blankets and pillows. This was my first real woodworking project and i had absolutly no idea what I was doing. It is by no means perfect (Look at how poorly chiseled out the hinge slots are, LOL!) but it looks pretty good and has so far stood the test of time.
Chest is built from knotty pone and finished with minwax stain and varnish.

Most important thing about this project it that it looks great from the outside and serves a useful purpose. I would have to say that this is what really got me into woodworking. Also, the wife really likes it :) Personally, im pretty happy with the finish.

The dog also likes it and felt she needed to be in the pictures so I took one of her to make her happy so she would bugger off and let me take the rest:

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 954 days ago

That’s a terrific Blanket chest, Really beautiful work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Manitario

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#2 posted 954 days ago

Looks great! My first project was a pine coffee table, it sure doesn’t look pretty, but as you put it, it’s useful and it got me into ww.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Paul_C

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#3 posted 954 days ago

I would never have believed that pine could look so good! I love that finish.

-- -- aut viam inveniam aut faciam --I'll either find a way or make one

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RibsBrisket4me

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#4 posted 954 days ago

Really impressive. The finish is fabulous!

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workerinwood

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#5 posted 954 days ago

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Willeh

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#6 posted 954 days ago

Thanks guys, I’m tempted to try making a matching bedroom set following the same finish style as the chest, I was considering cherry, but it really can’t be had for very cheap around here ($5 bd/ft on 4/4), and thats a bit more than I was hoping to spend on the amount of pieces I plan to make (2 bed side tables, head board, dresser and stand mirror)

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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George

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#7 posted 953 days ago

You blanket chest looks like “old school” craftsmanship. Beautiful. The dog is quite the hansdome one also.

-- I did measure it twice, it's still too short.

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#8 posted 953 days ago

Looks geat Will. Well done.

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doncutlip

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#9 posted 953 days ago

Really super job. Great finish on it, which with pine I know can be hard to do.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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GCM

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#10 posted 953 days ago

That looks great! Was the minwax stain and varnish a single product or separate, my sister bought some unstained knotty pine furniture and used a “stain and varnish” product and it came up surprisingly well – an expensive option though.

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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Willeh

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#11 posted 953 days ago

GCM: I used Minwax stain, i believe the colour was called english chestnut, 2 coats brushed on with a sponge brush and left to soak in rather than wiping. Doing that made sure the colour was deep and i was able to create a bit of a sunburst effect. Almost done more like paint rather than stain. After thant, 2 coats of Minwax poly gloss varnish brushed on thick, light sanding with 400 grit paper inbetween.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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GCM

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#12 posted 953 days ago

Thanks.

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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vipond33

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#13 posted 953 days ago

There is a nice warmth to the colour in this and what really makes it for me is the horizontal break lines in the wood and the added applique details. This relieves the blandness and heaviness that so often characterizes these pieces.
Now what is that curious elongated oval and what is that curious sad eyed dog thinking?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Willeh

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#14 posted 953 days ago

vipond33: The oval is a metal plate engraved Willl & Sarah – thought it was a nice added touch to personalize the box, sonce it was for an anniversay present.

The dog gets excited whenever a camera comes out because she thinks that its a chance for a treat, so she’s sitting there being hopeful that if she pulls a pretty pose, she will get rewarded (I guess we did that to ourselves, haha)

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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