Maple & Poplar Blanket Chest

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Project by Willeh posted 11-21-2012 02:35 AM 2029 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Blanket Chest for my Sister and Brother-in-law as a housewarming gift.

The box is constructed with maple-veneered plywood, biscuit jointed into a solid box. The details on the outsides are solid poplar. The top is bread-board style with hard maple middle and poplar ends (to match the style of the rest). The maple ply is capped with poplar inside.. makes for a nice decorative look when you open the lid and see the different grain directions.

The choice of poplar was a family thing…. My Grandmother always wanted a trunk made of poplar (It was apparently a good thing to make a trunk out of in Macedonia back in the day).. Anyways, my mother always wanted one because my grandmother wanted one.. and my sister followed suit.. As such, there’s some sort of sentimental aspect to it.

Personally, i would have liked a really light stain on this to show off the wood better, but it was dyed with aniline dye to match the rest of their bedroom furniture. Used the lee valley “Dark Walnut”, two light coats sanded down in between. Finished with 6 coats of wiped on poly thinned with mineral spirts.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 02:38 AM

very nice indeed!

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 03:12 AM

I’ve been trying to get that color finish on some of my projects, but to no avail. I’ve never used an aniline dye before. It is pretty easy?

are these it? –,190,42996&ap=1

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 03:21 AM

Beautiful job. I have to agree with Dak – great finish!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 11-21-2012 04:51 AM

You did a wonderful job on it…

It’s beautiful!

They will love it!

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#5 posted 11-21-2012 05:47 AM

Beautiful chest.

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#6 posted 11-21-2012 04:00 PM

That looks impressive and lovely.

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#7 posted 11-21-2012 04:08 PM

Dark or light, it is very foxy!

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#8 posted 11-21-2012 11:34 PM

Thanks for the comments guys!

Dakremer: Yes, that’s the dye. Very easy to use and gets nice deep dark colour on wood thats otherwise difficult to get that dark with conventional stains.

Here’s a great blog from LJ Trifern about how to use it to get stunning results:

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#9 posted 11-22-2012 12:14 AM

Super gift this looks fantastic.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 11-22-2012 02:17 AM

I like it.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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