blanket chest seat

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Project by ducky911 posted 06-03-2012 08:28 PM 1778 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this chest for the guest room at my cabin. i made the plans up myself using some ideas from past projects. I own an akeda blanket chest dovetail jig but did not use it this time. You can see from the pics how much i practiced …and practiced….and practiced some more. Each sample took about a hour so I would do one a night. First they where to loose than they where to tight….very hard to get them so you can put the chest together than take it apart before glue up. I did make some little helping blocks that where a big help and I think if you would give them a try your dovetails will get better no matter how many you have done before.

The dovetails are 14 degrees.

finish…blo…garnet shelac…water base poly gloss

found a site on the internet to make the covered pad (40 dollars )...any size you want and any density many different materials


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#1 posted 06-04-2012 03:11 AM

Very nice work… I do not understand how the blocks work though.

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 01:18 PM


The blocks are cut on the angle, 14 degrees, and you can hold them on your cut line with the saw blade rubbing as you cut. Two blocks one for the tails and one for the pins.

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 07:33 PM

love the bun feet, I also have a set of homemade blocks for cutting dovetails, I agree that they are very helpful when hand cutting. I have four made up in different degrees of cut.. mine are smaller in size, but I think I like yours better, look like they would be easier to hang on to.. great job on the chest.. Papa;//


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#4 posted 09-14-2015 02:13 PM

Ahhh, the pile of practice corners, AND the paring blocks, familiar items at my bench. I have a small box full of the practice corners.
One of my early frustrating mistakes was not to identify adjacent corners consistently and making boxes with either 3 rights or 3 lefts.
I create/practice until I hit an unknown area, and then practice that issue until I know how to resolve it.
Hoping to finish a box that satisfies my expectation of quality, lots of practice, not done yet.
I will keep trying until I have something that meets muster!

-- dust control

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