Blanket Chest #2 - Jamie (March 2010)

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Project by JSB posted 09-17-2012 03:50 AM 1849 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second chest to build. As you can tell its just a pocket hole skeleton with panels attached to the inside. I do not have a decent setup to do mortise and tennon joinery or floating panels. This is a cheap way to get the look of floating panels. This was made for my wife (girlfriend at the time) as a birthday gift. It is all pine. The finish is 2 coats of thinned 50/50 Amber shellac/Denatured alchahol with a brush on poly. I know your not supposed to put poly over shellac but its been a couple years and it has held up quite nicely. It is roughly 24” x 24” x 44”
- Jay

EDIT: If you would like to build a slightly samller version I have as tep by step video tutorial and plans here

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 05:55 AM

Very nice build and finish.

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 06:37 PM

Jay, that’s a great looking finish! And…the pocket holes really snugged those joints up tight.

I have not been partial to pine (especially plywood) in the past, but your project looks fabulous! It is leading me to reconsider pine. And, thanks for including your finishing technique. Beautiful job, thanks for sharing!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 07:46 PM

I would never have guessed there was plywood involved, blends in great!

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 03:31 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. I generally have to stick with pine. I do not have a jointer or plainer so buying rough cut hardwoods is out of the question and buying hardwoods from the box stores is definitely out of the question. Also i can get knotty 1×12 shelving material for $1 per running foot locally. I chose the amber shellac because the shellac will naturally seal and even the absorbtion and the amber color is closest in color to yellow pine. Its a perfect finish for pine. I want to get some brown transtint to add to clear shellac but don’t feel like shelling out $20 for 2oz. Until I find a way to make pine a honey brown color I will stick with amber.

-- Jay -

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 12:48 AM

I know pocket hole joinery is not the most “respected” of all the woodworking joinery, but no one will know the difference by your finished project. The finish is really the most important part and you nailed it! Nice work.

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 02:31 PM

I don’t know who told you that you’re not supposed to put poly over shellac but it’s my understanding that shellac is compatible with just about any topcoat finish, including poly, and it doesn’t matter if the poly is oil or water based. Just thought I’d mention this because you seemed to be under the assumption that you did something wrong with the finishing and I really don’t think you did. Nice job on the build also, by the way. Take care…..................G-Man

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