Cypress and Bloodwood mini blanket chest

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Project by Tallahassee posted 02-12-2012 11:17 PM 2112 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m still teaching myself how work with wood and wanted to make a box with dovetails. I have some cypress which is very light and easy to work, but it turned out to be too fragile for dovetails; the pins broke easily. So I built a box joint jig for the tablesaw and it worked just fine. The box is 16 1/4×8 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches. I put a band of 1/8 inch bloodwood around the top (I disremember why, even though I just built it last week!). Finished with four coats of amber shellac, then paste wax.

I hope to make a full-size blanket chest in the near future. In the meantime, I’ll practice my hand-cut dovetail skills on cherry.

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 11:24 PM

Sweet, What’s not to like?

The Bloodwood adds a nice touch. Your inner self told you to put it on, it knows what it is talking about. Listen to it.

Good job all around.
And hinges too.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 12:23 AM

Well it’s a nice looking little box. Nice finish.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 12:00 AM

Really solid looking build

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 04:22 PM

The details are excellent..

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