Blanket Box

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Project by robscastle posted 09-06-2012 10:36 PM 1251 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Story 1.
I made this Blanket Box from Camphor laurel for my wife.
Story 2.
The real story, my wife spotted this box without the lid in my shed full of timber one day and she said she was going to annex it for a blanket box to store clothing in. So I needed a lid.

I had comsumed all the suitable stock I had, so its on the phone to my friend Larry at LL Woodworks, and sure enough he had some timber but not a complete solid length. He recommended I pay Trevor Gaskill a visit.
So I ring Trevor, then off to visit a week later.
Meanwhile Trevor had arranged to get a slab delivered and when I arrived he was going to chain saw a piece off for me, Shock horror It was too nice to cut up so I bought the whole slab. Got it home and then decided it was still too nice to use for the lid.
So back I go to LL Workshop in Caboolture again to check out his supply, we found excellent pieces I could use (and lots of other timber I couldnt resist buying as well!) so I set to work.

The lid is a composition of seven sections, cut jointed thicknessed and biscuit jointed together.
I was originally going to use the Brass Butler tray hinges I had, but opted for the ones shown because I was not confident in how to install them, and I could not find any info on the installation process so after spending half a day trying to devise a template jig for them I shelved them for a “later project”

In Closing although its “just another box”
I must also express my thanks to both Larry and Trevor in their assistance, guidance and encouragement with the project.

Thanks Guys
The pictures show the result.

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 09-06-2012 11:08 PM

awesome, beautiful work. i also have wood hoarding disease, everytime i go to the lumber section theres always something that needs to be rescued. again, nice job.

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 12:31 AM

beautiful box

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 02:57 AM

Really nice job. What are the dimensions ?

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 05:04 AM

Note: the construction Notes are now attached as a Blog of the same Name

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 10:22 AM

great looking blanket chest.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 02:50 PM

Very cool

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 06:25 PM

So it sounds to me, you made a box and now have more wood than when you started! That’s the way to do it! I just finished a blanket chest for my daughter that I will be posting tomorrow. Great job and family hierloom.

-- Bryan

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#8 posted 09-07-2012 08:23 PM

Too pretty to be just a blanket box. This ought to be displayed!

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#9 posted 09-07-2012 08:36 PM

Nice box!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 12:38 AM

I recognise some of the timber….nice one Robert…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Todd Swartwood

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 07:29 PM

nice job Rob,
I love color and grain character, you managed to put the wood together in a way that is very pleasing to the eye.


-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#12 posted 10-16-2013 12:10 PM

Very nice work! The grain and color of the wood is amazing. The design is very appealing as well.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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