Blanket Chest

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Project by JeanValjean posted 10-09-2012 12:11 AM 4625 views 38 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first Christmas present for the upcoming holiday season!
Made of Maple and Walnut, with the bottom of aromatic cedar.
The corners are joined via sliding dovetails, the rest is frame and panel construction.
The lid is breadboard capped and pinned with square pegs.
This particular chest is a gift for a young male, so I was going for a somewhat masculine design.
The top of the chest was designed as a loose interpretation of the stripes found on the late 60’s Camaro’s.
The internal/removeable tray is a contrasting design.
This was my own design and I pretty much made it up as I went along for the most part…..
It was a very satisfying project…..kept me out of the house and off the streets for a while and during the process I made some new friends…...the duck community from the pond behind my shop visited me for snacks everytime I worked on the project.
Thanks for looking.

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 12:15 AM

That is beautiful, very well done. What finish did you use, looks like glass.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 12:22 AM

Very well done. I like the stability of the breadboard ends. I second Dale’s question: Tell us about the finish.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 12:29 AM

Lovely! #3, What is the finish?

-- The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time. Edwin Bliss

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#4 posted 10-09-2012 12:41 AM

Very beautiful work. A lot of care and thoughtfulness went into this project. Great design!

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 12:57 AM

Thanks for the comments all…
The finish is General Finishes Arm-R-Seal gloss.
As for the case it is only two coats wiped on with an old t-shirt.
The top on the other hand is 5 coats applied with a wide foam brush and after each coat a light sanding with an orbital sander and 400 grit disc.
Prior to the final coat, I sanded again with the orbital with 1200 grit, laid the final coat and after it was fully cured…..I applied wax with fine (grey) Scotchbrite soaked in water.
That took the gloss level down just a notch but the finish looks exceptionally deep.

-- Semper Fi

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#6 posted 10-09-2012 01:00 AM

Very nice great work

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#7 posted 10-09-2012 01:07 AM

This is a wonderful and beautiful chest Jean. I really like the combination of woods you used. What a fantastic gift.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 02:58 AM


-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#9 posted 10-09-2012 03:14 AM

Beautiful piece. Great craftsmanship, great design.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 10-09-2012 03:59 AM

Great work!! It inspires me to do one. A quick question…Those two bars on the underside of the lid, any reason? Is it glued? My only thought is that as the wood expands wont that constrain it from doing what wood wants to do.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#11 posted 10-09-2012 04:00 AM

you NAILED IT its so very beautiful, whatever male gets this is one lucky guy, i made one awhile back that was also a mixture of cedar and walnut, but i didn’t use as large a boards in my walnut as you did, and you achieved a much nicer look, congrats on a job very well done.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 10-09-2012 04:03 AM

Amazing indeed! Great design, great wood, great craftsmanship, amazing finish!

-- Valentin

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#13 posted 10-09-2012 06:42 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Anyone would love this. Beautiful construction.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 10-09-2012 11:29 AM

Very Nice work, Great finish.

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#15 posted 10-09-2012 11:54 AM

That is a really nice combination of wood and finish! Very attractive!

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

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