Cedar Lined Cherry Blanket Chest

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Project by jcwalleye posted 03-02-2012 03:43 AM 2751 views 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished the blanket chest I’ve blogged starting here.

The chest is made with a mortised and tenon cherry frame. The panels are veneered 3/8” Baltic birch plywood. The veneer is curly maple finished with 2 coats of General Finishes Seal a Cell and 6 coats of Armor-Seal. The curl appears to have a ½” of depth and is pretty neat. The three back panels are solid cherry.

The lid is from glued up ¾” solid cherry and has been strengthened with 4 ?runners? They were screwed on with enough room for the panel to expand with humidity changes. The weight of the lid is more than most hinges could handle and I wasn’t too keen on the available hinge supports. I ended up using three 60 foot pound rated hinges from Rockler. They are a little stiff, but work fine and hold the lid in position once it is opened past about 45 degrees.

The interior is lined with aromatic cedar and trimmed out with cherry. The cedar wasn’t of the highest quality but I had plenty to pick through.

I took the design inspiration from another blanket chest posted by another LJ’r, jsheaney. I took a few liberties with the design incorporating some curves into the bottom rails and legs.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 08:50 AM

Great looking chest! The contrast of wood realy sets it off! Well done!

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

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 11:18 AM


-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 12:33 PM

really nice chest.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 12:39 PM

A worthy endeavor. Nice job,looks good.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 01:47 PM

Joe: that’s beautiful, and an inspiration.

I know I like a project, when I start mentally running through the house to figure out where it would go, if I made one !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 09:07 PM

Nice looking project, Joe. You can’t beat the maple cherry combination. It will only get more beautiful with age.Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 09:24 PM

Joe, you’ve done a great job! What a handsome piece. I especially like the hinges you chose, same as I used on a similar chest.
-.-.- Larry

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 11:42 PM

Wow, that’s super nice. I’ve thought of making a blanket chest for ages, and there go my plans again! ;)

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 01:38 AM

very nice

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 04:15 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments. Ljr’s are some of the most supportive people I know.

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

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#11 posted 03-17-2012 05:44 PM

Nice clean craftsmanship on this instant heirloom.

Your finish is really looking good.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 08-15-2012 02:36 AM

Excellent project !
Has the Cherry darkened much yet ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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