Blanket chest with two generations of cherry

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Project by coffee posted 716 days ago 1040 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this as a christmas present for my daughter in Oct 2009. I was able to get the lumber milled and the legs cut before winter kept me out of my shop. I got back in in Spring and worked off and on for a couple of months when I had a ATV accident which kept me out of the shop until the following summer. I finally finished it November last year and it sat in my bedroom until Aug of this year when I could finally deliver it. She was aware of the entire build and the setbacks and bless her heart she was so patient. But she loves it and I am really happy with it.

It is made of cherry lumber that was cut and milled here in Ky about 15 years ago. The panels were some offcuts from my cousins antique wood recycling shop that he donated to me. I milled them and love the dark red color.

The interior is lined with cedar.

Hope you guys like it.

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#1 posted 716 days ago

Looks beautiful! What did you use for a finish?

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#2 posted 716 days ago

Very nice build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 716 days ago

The finish was BLO thinned with MS and then several coats of wipe on poly. However all the finish was done before assembly as I didn’t want it to pool in the corners.

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#4 posted 716 days ago

Beautiful Blanket Chest!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 716 days ago

Very nice looking chest. I believe it will serve her many many years to come & become family’s heirloom.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 716 days ago

Great piece of furniture.Making projects for the family is always enjoyable & rewarding.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 716 days ago

Looks like the NYWS plan…. but with some modifications.

I’m building the same out of Red Oak for my daughter….

It was supposed to be a 13th BD present, but when she decided she wanted to work on it with me as a father daughter project, the projects stalled. Her schedule is even worse than mine.

Your’s looks very nice and I think I’ll follow your leed and pre-finish b4 final assembly.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 716 days ago

Good work! It’s the Same plan I used, but I had to make 7 of them!

I just joined the site to ask a question, and saw the chest—good work! I made 7 of them for my grandkids last Christmas- actually started in Same design from Norm Abrams’ book.
- I just used pine from Lowes, since it was my first try. I love the cherry!

-- Don, Culleoka, Tn.

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#10 posted 716 days ago

Beautiful project!

-- "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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