blanket chest

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Project by dclark1943 posted 05-31-2012 01:52 PM 3862 views 21 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good morning Lumber Jocks ! Thought I would share a recent project; a walnut and cherry wood blanket chest commissioned as a graduation gift. The lady shared that it was a tradition in her family. and picked a plan from the internet : I downloaded the plan and went to work. It is fairly straight forward frame and panel construction, and finished with tung oil. The nicest feature of the chest is the “cap” that is screwed onto the top edge of the carcass. I wouldn’t have thought of that on my own, and thought it wouldn’t look good, but it really dressed up the project. I opted to leave the brass screws that fasten it exposed, but they could be plugged with walnut, or even highlighted with a contrasting wood or fake ivory or something similar.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 02:21 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 02:33 PM

Very nice! The joinery and finish are beautiful, and I love the contrast between the walnut and cherry.

Good work!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 03:39 PM

Sweet! Excellent job. Love the contrasting wood. I have lined some chests like this w/ cedar, but why hide all that beautiful frame and panel joinery on the inside? Great job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 05:18 PM

Nice! Thanks for sharing. I too like the contrast between the walnut and cherry.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 05:35 PM

This is actually the same blanket chest I want to make for my wife. Now that you have posted it, it’s going on my favorites.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 08:44 PM

wow – this looks great, and is very similar to one I made a year or so ago. Gotta love walnut!

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 09:04 PM


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#8 posted 05-31-2012 11:53 PM

Beautiful blanket chest!

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#9 posted 06-01-2012 01:38 AM

Absolutely beautiful…great job, Dave. A few years ago I honed my woodworking skills building the same chest (with a couple of slight modifications) but out of poplar. Now I feel confident enough to build one out of some nicer wood. Congratulations.


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#10 posted 06-01-2012 10:36 AM

Very nice, I also like the contrasting woods. Gives is it a great look! Great job.

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#11 posted 03-24-2013 05:48 PM

Chest looks awesome! Where did you find the lid supports? Been looking for some just like that.

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