Blanket Chest(my first one)

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Project by RMP posted 02-18-2012 06:30 PM 2222 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chest was built for my wife. It’s made from red oak and cedar. The rails and styles were assembled using the KREG jig. It worked very well. On the corners I used a 1/4” x 1/2” spline from top to bottom. The panels are made up of 4 individual pieces each that are tounge and groove with a chamfer on each edge. The top is 1/2” plywood. The finish was a mixture of boiled linseed oil, spar varnish, penetrol and mineral spirits. Equal parts of each. I did two coats, sanding with steal wool in between and topping it off with two coats of wax. I used a friction support for the lid. I learned a lot on this project and had fun building it. It has a few mistakes but I think it turned out well. Hope you guys enjoy. RMP…..........

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 06:34 PM

Very cool design. As far as mistakes go…it took me a very long time to let those things go. Most of the time, the only person that sees the mistakes is the craftsman that created the piece. The good thing about mistakes is we almost always learn from them and that makes us better at our craft. Keep up the good work!

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 06:44 PM

Thanks David.

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 07:31 PM

Beautiful looking chest,hard to believe it’s your first. Very well done.

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 12:53 AM

nice chest, red cedar and red oak look great together.

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 01:04 AM

i like the red oak – cedar mix. Nice…..

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 01:12 AM

Very nice job on the chest

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 02:31 AM

look’s Great nice job

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 02:31 AM

I’m in the planning stages for my first blanket chest also…yours looks great….nice job!

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 11:56 AM

Very nice, love the contrasting colors. Like you I just recently finished my first chest based on the NYW design and learned a lot as well. How did you attach the cedar on the inside of the chest? I used small brads and not adhesive. Great job, I’m sure your wife loves it.

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 12:23 PM

It’s really nice. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 02-19-2012 04:25 PM

I like the combination of the wood you picked for this…

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 04:28 PM

That is a really gorgeous chest. Way to go!

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#13 posted 02-19-2012 05:23 PM

Awesome job! Your blankets are going to smell great. I built one and my wife keeps all the guest bedding in it. When she opens it up, the cedar aroma fills the whole house.

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