Cherry Blanket Chest

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Project by HokieMojo posted 2276 days ago 2414 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first woodworking project I ever started. I say “started” because it was not the first I finished. It was supposed to be a Christmas present for my wife and I guess it kind of was, even if it was a year late. I learned a lot and I could definitely do better in the future, but I’m happy with how it came out.

The overall design was based on a plan in a book by Norm Abrahms combined with the bedroom furniture we already own. The panels are made of cherry ply as opposed to solid panels. The floor is lined with cedar to try to chase the moths away. I hope you enjoy!

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#1 posted 2276 days ago

I love it. The figure of the wood is astounding. That is really nice. You should be proud.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#2 posted 2276 days ago

Nice chest, HokieMojo. What is the finish ?

-- Nick, Fremont, CA.

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#3 posted 2276 days ago

Really nice project. Great clean lines and tight craftsmanship.


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 2276 days ago

This is a nice chest. It has simple rather straight-forward lines and the frame and panel construction looks good. The bread board edges add a nice detail to the piece.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2276 days ago

looks great!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#6 posted 2276 days ago

OUTSTANDING project – finish and form are wonderful – nice job!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#7 posted 2276 days ago

Very nice. The figure is great.

Exelent work
Thanks for posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 2275 days ago

Great looking chest. You did a beautiful job on it. I am sure your wife was pleased with it.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 2275 days ago

Very nice chest!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#10 posted 2275 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments. The finish was done as follows (although after learning more, this doesn’t seem to be the best choice). When starting on the top, I tried applying some mixed stain (in an attempt to match our bedroom furniture) but I accidentally mixed up the mason jars and applied satin poly diluted with mineral spirits instead. I know that probably sounds hard to believe, but they really looked identical and were very similar texture.

Anyway, once it went on, I went with it. After applying a light coat, I sanded it down and applied my stain. It didn’t really soak it up much (because I think the poly sealed it), but I think it helped to even our the color. Then a few more coats of poly, some steel wool, and the pledge. I know some people hate pledge, and I wish I knew now what I didn’t know then about silicone residue, but it seems to have worked. I’ve got a nice, even warm finish that seems to be resisting the claw marks my cats have put on eveything else we own.

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#11 posted 2275 days ago

Looks great to me. I really like the breadboard edge on the top.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 2275 days ago

I don’t know what you could have done better – looks perfect to me. Beautiful chest.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#13 posted 2275 days ago

I’m with the crowd…nice figure on the wood and it’s a great chest.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#14 posted 2275 days ago

I love cherry, especially when it has grain like this. It’s a great looking chest, and you did a great job on the contruction. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 2275 days ago

Well done. We don’t have mistakes – just design changes.

-- Bob

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