Quilt chest in the Granny Mission style

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 874 days ago 3312 views 16 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished building this cherry quilt chest for my wife a few weeks ago, it has been either too cold or wet outside for finishing. Great weather today so I put the last coat of finish on and let it sit out in the sun to dry. It measures 44” wide, 22”deep, 24” tall. The bottom and lid are too wide for the planer so they were flattened and smoothed with hand planes and a card scraper. There is some curl in this wood, beautiful but quite a challenge dealing with tear-out.

That’s Fender the part time shop dog in the last pic, he was quite pleased with the results or possibly it was the warm sunshine.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#1 posted 874 days ago

Beautiful job Tim. That cherry really comes to life in the sun.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#2 posted 874 days ago

Great looking Quilt chest, If Fender approves who could challenge that :))

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 874 days ago

Beautiful work Tim. I’ll bet your wife is extremely pleased with it. Looks great in bedroom. The shop dog looks pretty good too. I don’t have any experience with cherry, but I have heard it is cantankerous to work with, and especially the curly sort. I have a 5” square of cherry (not curly) about 2-1/2ft long that I’ll be using in the near future, so It will be fun to see how it works.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 874 days ago

Great woodworking skills Tim. The chest turned out great. Oh the beauty of hardwood. I owe one of these to my wife, maybe a Christmas gift :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 874 days ago

Really looks good, Tim. I too love working with Cherry. You might consider adding some battens on the underside of the lid to keep it from warping.

-- Joe

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#6 posted 874 days ago

Tim, Its work like this that allows a guy to plead his case with the wife to purchase a new planner! Great work sir and I’m sure that your wife loved it. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#7 posted 873 days ago

Tim: A beautiul job. Some great looking cherry that you got there. The finish pulled out the figure great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 873 days ago

That is a great project, really turned out well

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 873 days ago

Wow, that sure is pretty wood. Nice job.

-- Powered by Smith & Wilson~~~

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#10 posted 873 days ago

Very nice Nice design simple yet elegant.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#12 posted 873 days ago

Tim, I really like this. A blanket chest is the one thing that my wife has requested. Did you use any plans?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#13 posted 873 days ago

Nice looking project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#14 posted 873 days ago

Seriously nice…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#15 posted 873 days ago

Thanks everyone.

Joe, The lid has not warped so far, I have a couple battens just in case. As a preventive measure, the lumber was cut to a rough dimension, planed just enough to take off the outer crust and stacked with weight on it for a couple weeks. After the lid was glued up and planed to 7/8” it sat for another week or so.

Todd, I hear what your saying. ;)

Scott, I did not use any plans, but pm me if you would like me to send the measurements.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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