Carved Panel Blanket Chest

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Carved panel blanket chest in quarter-sawn red oak with a solid aromatic cedar bottom. In a style commonly called Hadley although carved panel chests certainly predate those made in Hadley, Massachusetts and are found throughout Europe. Check out Peter Follansbee's blog for the real deal.

The only major difference between the chests of the 1700s and this one is that this chest is made of sawn and dried oak rather than split, riven and green timber. The joints are also pinned post glue up rather than assembled with a draw bore. Panels are carved by hand (no routers Tommy Mac!) so that the carving shape is in many ways determined by the sweep of the gouges. (To make my template I just pressed the chisels down on heavy paper in the right sequence.) The background is then stamped for texture and so that it takes the wax differently than the smooth top layer. Turned maple pins between the back legs and the battens make up the hinge. Finished with a 1:4 mixture of caranuba and beeswax which I then colored to my taste. All the joints are glued with Old Brown Glue Liquid Hide Glue.
I’m more than happy to answer any questions although I feel like Follansbee has that pretty much covered.

-- Charles -

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 01:05 PM

Its a classy jewel for sure.Nice work .

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 02:30 PM

Tommy would be proud of you.


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#3 posted 08-18-2012 02:37 PM

Looks just like Tommy’s alright, very nice work.

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 03:02 PM

Very Fine Blanket Chest!!! Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#5 posted 08-18-2012 04:12 PM

Very well done. You do some fine work.
Welcome to LJ’s and keep posting your beautiful work.

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#6 posted 08-18-2012 05:07 PM

Handsome chest !

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#7 posted 08-18-2012 06:11 PM

Very classy! Thanks for the inspiration.

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#8 posted 08-18-2012 06:40 PM

Beautiful chest, nice craftsmanship.
Thanks for showing and welcome to LJs.

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#9 posted 08-18-2012 06:47 PM

welcome to LJ’s beautiful chest & fine skills shown here

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#10 posted 08-18-2012 08:39 PM

Very nice work. I envy your ability to carve the panels, it really brings this chest to life. Careful though. Once you make one others will follow ( by request). I’ve already made two of these. The first one was for our oldest daughter, made from Walnut. The next one was for my wife from red cedar. I’m now making one for our daughter-in-law and another one for a church auction that is coming up around the first of November.

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#11 posted 08-18-2012 10:36 PM

A handsome display of high quality craftmanship, skill and patience. Well done. I tip my hat to you.

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#12 posted 08-19-2012 12:39 AM

Beautiful piece of furniture. What are the dimensions ?

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#13 posted 08-19-2012 02:45 AM


We feel cheated! Only one photo? We’d love to admire its beauty from every angle! Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs.


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#14 posted 08-19-2012 11:39 AM

Really, really awesome

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#15 posted 08-19-2012 12:06 PM

Super beautiful. Gr8 details and fine carvings

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