Blanket Chest Wedding Present For My Wife

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Project by Mike Gilbert posted 631 days ago 2301 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This blanket chest was a wedding present for my Wife 2 years ago. The construction is a walnut frame with maple raised panels. The interior of the chest is tongue and groove cedar. I finished the exterior of the chest with wiping varnish. I installed soft close hinges on the box to prevent it from slamming shut. I would say it took me about 6 months to build as I had to move shops mid project and put it on hold while I set up my shop again. This was my first time using a raised panel bit on my router table, it was also my first project using the mini tongue and groove router bits as well as my first time installing hinges. The lid for the chest rests on wide walnut frame screwed to the chest and I plugged the screw holes with maple plugs. This was my first project using walnut and cedar. Another first for this project was the finish on the maple panels. I dyed the maple and then sanded it to help the figure pop and then finished it with wiping varnish.

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#1 posted 631 days ago

Really beautiful piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 630 days ago

Very nice job. Do you have the plans?

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#3 posted 630 days ago

Very nice build and finish. Both the frame and panel has beautiful woodgrains.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 630 days ago

I’ve just had a look at your other projects.
You are doing some very nice work and making some fine wood look its best.
Welcome to lumberjocks thanks for letting us watch your woodworking journey.
The chest is lovely.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 630 days ago

That is really beautiful. I like the way you did the ceder lining, a lot of hope chests I have seen cover the rails on the inside but I think your method looks better.

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#6 posted 630 days ago

The finish is unblemished! Very neat and nice work.

-- "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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Mike Gilbert

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#7 posted 630 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys, I have actually made 2 of these at this point. When friends of ours were over at our house they saw it and liked it so much they paid me to make them one too. The 2nd one was made from maple and oak to keep material costs down but the construction was the same. I’ll post some pictures of that one when I get a chance.

ericandcandi – I made a sketch up model before building the chest, when I get home I’ll see if I can’t dig it up on the computer and post it on here.

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#8 posted 630 days ago

yes this chest is really quite beautiful, the walnut and maple are a perfect match, i love quilted maple and you did make it look as good as it could, very nice build, im sure you got some appreciation for this gift, ill have to look at your other work…as said before here, welcome to lumberjocks…

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

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#9 posted 630 days ago

That’s beautiful. Funny thing is, around here, oak and walnut are within $.50 of each other. Sometimes walnut is cheaper… Not that it’s cheap, they just list oak for too much $$...

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#10 posted 630 days ago

Beautiful job. Love the wood choices, grain selection, style, finish – you name it!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 630 days ago

Ditto. Really, that’s a beautiful piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 630 days ago

Very handsome chest ! Not surprised it made the Top 3. Some beautiful figure in the woods you have used.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Mike Gilbert

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#13 posted 628 days ago

ericandcandi – I was able to find the sketchup model I made for this project, you’ll see in the model that I originally planned to put a cedar and maple framed piece on the bottom of the lid(see below), but after I had it built it looked a little like overkill so I decided not to incorporate it in the final piece. One model will be of what it looks like and the other model is an exploded view you can dimension off. Hope this helps

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Mike Gilbert

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#14 posted 628 days ago

I could not get the file to post here, i sent you a message with my email, email me and i’ll send it to you

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#15 posted 606 days ago

Very nice! I love the play of the different wood. Well done!

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

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