Blanket/Baby Chest

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Project by RickL posted 07-18-2012 11:30 AM 1589 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was contacted by a client to discuss building a chest she planned to donate to the
St. Cecilia Pregnancy Support Center. The chest is going to be placed at the entrance of the church and parishioners will be asked to donate items for a new born. Once filled, the chest and its contents will be donated to a lucky mother.

Made using common pine, I hand cut all dados and rabbets for the case as well as the top slats. This plan was one of the very first projects I built over 25 years ago when I first started working wood.

Internal drawer and the coopered top make this chest a little different than some others out there. The slats are attached with brass screws and finish washers.

The center mount hinge is child friendly, as it will stop and hold in just about any position to keep hands from being pinched. The top actually has to be pushed close.

Bull nose case trim was made using my #66 Stanley Beading plane with L/N replacement blades.

I really enjoy building this design, and given I was under no real time constraint; I was able to improve on my hand tool skills.

Client chose Old Fashioned Milk Paint, Buttermilk, for the finish. Overall size – 36” x 20” x 28”

Thanks for looking.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 12:34 PM

I love this kind of work. I can’t wait to learn more to build better things like this.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 02:03 PM

Great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 04:05 PM

Great looking chest. I am building one at the moment and there are a couple of things on yours that I may borrow to put on mine.

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 04:31 PM

It looks nice and clean. good job.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 02:00 AM

Beautiful work and what a great cause. I love when people/churches get together to help each other. The end result is far better than when the government mandates it.

The finish is gorgious. My wife is going to go crazy over this project when I show her.

-- Harold

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 12:39 PM

Really nice project Rick! It is sure put together very well and is certain to last for generations. A very worthwhile group to donate such a nice piece of work to as well.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 07-21-2012 04:43 AM

Very nice looking chest and well crafted ! I was going to ask about the relief cuts in the slider but then saw the lid support ! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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