|Project by Mike Gilbert||posted 11-08-2012 04:24 AM||3026 views||10 times favorited||18 comments|
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.