My take on a blanket chest

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Project by iozl posted 04-29-2012 01:24 AM 4211 views 22 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on a blanket chest. The front / sides are made out of old fir flooring that was salvaged from a remodel (my friend who was a GC ripped it out and was going to toss it all). The top is made from white oak, purchased locally. There is no finish – I made two of these and for the other one put a coat of BLO on it, but it darkened the wood too much for what I envisioned, so I left mine unfinished. (I thought about bleaching it or using a single coat of white milk paint, but decided against experimenting.)
It’s probably not the most practical for blankets since I chose not to add solid panels (a friend who saw it called it a blanket moth motel), but it will definitely house other ‘stuff’ that’s not moth prone.

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 01:29 AM

That is really cool (except the rope handles). I love the design. You could line it with 1/4” of red cedar fairly easily and then it would be a ‘proper’ blanket chest. A water based poly should not darken it appreciably (try it on a piece of scrap).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 01:32 AM

A captivating take on an old standby with wondrous repetition. The top seems a little at odds with the base for my taste but then, I was a moth in a previous life. Shellac would keep it blonde I would think. A rare beauty.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 01:55 AM

like it my be I will try something like it but not the same ok

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 02:13 AM

Thats pretty freakin awesome dude. The bottom is ESPECIALLY cool, I just keep staring at each individual piece in turn. As said above, the repetition is great, and the recycle is really great too. Gonna throw away wood!? What is this guys address??

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 02:37 AM

That’s a unique take on a blanket chest, whatever you put in it doesn’t matter it spectacular looking.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 02:48 AM

Very unique! It looks like it took a long time to make. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 02:54 AM

I am also not sure about the top or the handles. The rest of it is stunning. I think it would look spectacular with a glass top as a coffee table. Maybe with an inset box for display.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 03:24 AM

I think that it is great, I like the top and the rope handles. I hate to finish stuff and that looks like a bear to finish so I would leave it o’natural. Great save on the wood.

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#10 posted 04-29-2012 06:13 AM

Great work!

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#11 posted 04-29-2012 09:48 AM

That is one of the best looking pieces of furniture I’ve seen in a long time. Not sure about the top, but also unsure how else you could dress it.
I can see the base being used for all manner of items, maybe even a lamp with the light shining through the ribs.
Awesome work Dude, and one which I’ll definitely draw inspiration from.
Thank you.


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#12 posted 04-29-2012 10:51 AM

I luv it when folks think outside the box. this is terrific..I agree another one made into a coffee table or such would be splendid..

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#13 posted 04-29-2012 10:53 AM

Very unique piece of work. You have a good eye for design and the skills to bring the design to life.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 04-29-2012 11:04 AM

love it! Nice work.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#15 posted 04-29-2012 12:32 PM

Thats Nice, It is really a great idea and design, it’s eye catching for sure.

-- Dave Hamm,

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