Blanket Chest

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Project by tweetdriver posted 618 days ago 1286 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A blanket chest for my niece. Made from a single black cherry tree from my sister’s yard. I talked my brother-in-law into giving me the log instead of cutting it up for firewood. My initial thought was to make it from glued up panels, but I wasn’t pleased with the heart vs sap wood matching. Inspired by HorizontalMike’s blanket chest(among others) here on Lumberjocks I arrived at this panel plan. The bottom is red cedar. Finished with a name brand tung oil.

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#1 posted 618 days ago

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 618 days ago

Very nice job. I like the look of the Cherry heart against the sap wood. Looks very cleanly made.

-- LAS,

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#3 posted 618 days ago

Beautiful chest

-- 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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#4 posted 618 days ago

That’s a really nice chest. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#5 posted 617 days ago

Very nice chest, beautifully done. I’m sure your niece will cherish it.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 617 days ago

Great looking chest. From a property log, nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 617 days ago

Beautiful!! Great design and craftsmanship.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 617 days ago

Wow! Wow! Wow! That cherry is beautiful! You really ‘dun good!

Since you said you made this for your niece, I would suggest adding some lid supports in order to prevent the lid from slamming down on fingers and such.

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

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#9 posted 617 days ago

Beautiful chest . The wood even has a family history ,cool.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 617 days ago

A very nicely done chest and I also like the fact, I’m assuming, that tree watched your niece grow up. If I might ask, the rail, style, panel raising bits, I like the look and wondered which you used?

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#11 posted 617 days ago

Very well done! Beautiful finish job.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#12 posted 617 days ago

Tremendous! Good thinking!

-- "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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#13 posted 617 days ago

Rails and styles were all done with a table saw and a little work with a chisel. I’m trying to work on a tool budget and used a bowl router bit on my router table. Set the height and passed panels through on both sides. I was pleased with the look.
My niece is 25, but I may need to consider lid stays as her new baby grows.

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#14 posted 617 days ago

Good looking blanket chest !

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

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#15 posted 617 days ago

Wow. Very nice. A blanket chest is on my short list.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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