Blanket Box/Trunk

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Project by Nighthawk posted 11-09-2012 08:23 AM 2121 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Blanket Box/Trunk thingie, or a bed end trunk who da whats it… not sure of their real name but it close enough.

This is basically made from seconds of pine from a wood mill and scrap I had about the place.

The lid is laminated with two strips of Rimu and 3 strips of Pine the Corners are rimu routered and moulded which goes with the lid.

Kind though once we put it together Sell it on TradeMe (kiwi version of eBay) for $350 then go down to the warehouse pick up a cheap one and give it to my friend who I am building it for… and pocket the difference… lol

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 09:48 AM

Very nice looking Trunk.

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#2 posted 11-09-2012 01:09 PM

What an evil plan. You should hang on to it, though and observe how it behaves over time. It looks pretty though.

Just some thoughts on construction method:
Based on my observation of how you built it, you might see some issues.
Can’t tell if you edge glued the boards. If not, then if the pine shrinks then gaps will open up. If the wood expands, then the boards sides may bow.
If you did edge glue them, then your battens should have expanded holes for the screws near the edges, so the board can expand and contract and slide along in the holes. Not sure what you did in the corners either but the expansion has to be handled there too somehow, especially since you have grain running perpendicular to each other ( this is why blanket chests usually have corners dovetailed, so you don’t have that issue)

Wide panels like that really need to mindful of expansion, contraction. Wood moves…a lot!

Pretty radiata though, for being seconds!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 11-09-2012 01:52 PM

Looks good .

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 03:13 AM

Daltxguy makes some good points to consider. If it’s worth investing your time in a project, you should look forward to having it last, especially if someone’s going to purchase it.

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 03:33 AM

You may want to check out Chris Schwarz’s blog which shows many different variations on what he calls the ‘furniture of necessity’. He explores their construction and some of the methods surprise me – but it may be helpful to look at the ones which have survived hundreds of years and why!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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