Peter Turner’s blanket chest was highlighted in a 2009 issue of FWW, and as soon as I saw it, I wanted to build one. When my wife and I decided to re-arrange the living room, this provided a great opportunity to replace our old press-wood coffee table with something durable and functional. The dimensions were slightly altered from Pete’s article as were a few of the angles and the design of the panels. The case is made of 4/4 Hickory and the panels are 1/2” solid ash. Instead of curved legs, I opted for straight legs cut at a 6 degree angle. Although it’s hard to see in the pictures, the case faces and sides all come together at a 3 degree angle and are held together with floating tenons. Finish is waterlox for durability and protection from spills.