Maple and Oak Blanket Chest

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Project by Mike Gilbert posted 11-10-2012 04:32 PM 6056 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 2nd time I have built this blanket chest. The first one was a present for my wife, when our friends saw it they paid me to make them one. The first chest was maple and walnut. This chest has a maple frame and lid with red oak panels and a tongue and groove cedar lining. The screw holes in the frame were filled with padauk plugs. The panels were stained red with a mahogany stain and then finished with wiping varnish. This was my first time resawing lumber on a band saw and the book matched panels are also a first. The book matching on the center panel was the most evident; I was a little disappointed it was obscured a bit by the stain though. The most exciting part of this project for me was that it was my first time building something for money. I spent some time at the front end estimating my materials and labor, but at the end of the day I am sure the labor was done for a few dollars an hour. The project took me a total of 2 months, that was mostly time spent on weekends though. I took the pictures for this project myself using a role of white paper and a tripod for my digital camera. I purchased a work light to help with the lighting for the photos.

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 07:13 PM

Very nice. I am working on a chest similar to yours. Do you mind telling we where you bought the hardware that holds the lid up

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#2 posted 11-10-2012 07:21 PM

They look like what I bought from Rockler – called lid protectors. Won’t let the lid smash little fingers on the toy box. You have to close the lid.

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#3 posted 11-10-2012 07:34 PM

That is beautiful. I’m making my third now and they keep getting better.

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#4 posted 11-10-2012 08:34 PM

Very nice chest
Ampeator I’ve bought very similar hardware at Lowes for far less than Rockler or other wood working suppliers

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#5 posted 11-10-2012 08:45 PM

Nice job Mike. Beautiful piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 12:12 AM

Beautiful chest – very very well done!

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#7 posted 11-11-2012 01:09 AM

Very nice work, I am impressed!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 11-11-2012 02:45 AM

Great job Mike. I’m ready to start my second also. Your choice of woods is very nice.
I know they are expensive but I really like the torsion hinges for heavier lids.
The padauk plugs are an excellent touch!

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#9 posted 11-11-2012 03:29 PM

Awesome work!

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#10 posted 11-11-2012 11:10 PM

Now THAT is a classed up blanket chest! Very cool indeed. Well done is an understatement, but well done!

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

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#11 posted 02-08-2013 04:56 AM

Wow that looks amazing

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