Blanket Chest Bench

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Project by Terry Ferguson posted 09-11-2012 04:56 PM 3469 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blanket chest that is strong enough to sit on, has wooden hinges, and made of scrap lumber, pallet boards, some purchased scrap bin boards and purchased aromatic cedar. Wood species used are: cherry, hickory, basswood, maple, ash, sycamore, red birch, red oak, and walnut.

The cherry legs are 1 3/8” x 3 3/4” and slope in 5 degrees at top. All other parts are 7/8” thick x 2 3/4” wide. The top breadboard ends are 3 3/4” wide. All panels are edge laminated boards 5/16” thick that have been cold pressed on both sides of salvaged 1/4” MDF cores for a total thickness of 7/8”. The edges have an 1/8” step reveal.
The hinges are hickory with removable steel pins and made to stop at 100 degrees.
All flat surfaces are scraped not sanded and all edges chamfered. No sanding was done during prep to give the surfaces more of a hand made feel.

The long rails are mortised/ lapped into legs 1/4” proud and pegged with 5/8” white oak dowels that are left 1/8” proud and have hand chiseled edges. All joints are continuous 3/8” x 1” splines of red oak and walnut.

Finish is one coat Danish Oil and two coats waterbourne polyurethane.

16” wide x 51 3/8” long x 18” high.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 05:04 PM

Great job. No one would ever know you used pallet wood. A beautiful chest anyone would be proud to own.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 05:04 PM

Very nice, I like the hinges and the heavy duty construction. I also like the reclaimed angle to it since I make chests out of reclaimed materials.

How do you feel about handles? The reason I ask because I never know if my chest looks better with or without handles. And the handles available at stores seem to be the wrong design for my chests. But I like the paneled look to your chest and the splines and dowel work.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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Terry Ferguson

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 05:26 PM

Tom – Thanks for the comments

Rchard – Thanks for you comments.
Because the chest is also a bench, I felt it needed to be beefy.
My personal feeling about handles is that they will serve very little purpose on a large chest such as this one, but handles are a very good idea on smaller chests that are somewhere in the size range of 1/2 or 1/3 of this chest. I always prefer wood on handles.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 06:07 PM

Great looking chest. Keep up the good work!

I’ll add you to my buddies too!

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#5 posted 09-11-2012 09:38 PM

I have a special attention to anything made from pallets.
Excellent work!
I like the sturdy built and its look.

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#6 posted 09-12-2012 01:05 AM

Great build from any kind of lumber (recycled or not). It has that G&G look. Love the wooden hinges.

-- Ben in Va

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#7 posted 09-12-2012 02:10 AM

Looks great, you have included some cool design elements and a nice mix of wood. They make it look unique and stylish.

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#8 posted 09-12-2012 03:31 AM

I likke it. Really nice job.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#9 posted 09-14-2012 01:17 AM

Super nice Terry. I like the hinges for sure. All the panels and just everything about this, is very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 01:40 AM

I love the dowel joinery! I did a bit of this on a jelly cupboard and after seeing this chest, I will definitely plan on more. Well done.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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