|Project by jdh122||posted 05-06-2012 11:52 PM||1556 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
Here is a blanket chest I finished recently. The top, front and back are birch (including a bit of leftover flooring) and I don’t know what the sides are made from (recycled the top of a very beat up child’s school desk I found in the garbage) – maybe birch too, but a lot darker than the other, yellow instead of white birch, maybe? The secondary wood (for the bottom) is SYP out of a pallet I scrounged at the University where I work (I got some weird looks from students and colleagues that winter evening that I was there with my hammers and pry bars taking them apart in the parking lot). I cut the dovetails by hand and am reasonably happy with how it turned out. One thing I’d do differently: I dovetailed the legs and I think the chest would look better if the legs had miter joints instead.
On the top I used highly figured wood with a few knots and (I think) some spalting.
Finish is polymerized linseed oil and wax.
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests