|Project by camps764||posted 370 days ago||951 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
After seeing all of the awesome blanket chests on here I thought I’d give it a shot.
Had a great big pile of walnut in the shop and a nice spalted maple plank that I’ve been saving for something special.
Like all projects, I tried to do some new techniques – including a new finishing method.
Some new things I tried:
Resawing on my bandsaw. Never tried resawing before, figured I’d give it a shot with the maple to make the individual panels for the front, and sides.
Frame and panel construction – done on the table saw. This was pretty tricky, and I can see why people use a router table. My stock – from a local saw mill, was close to flat, but not perfectly flat. This resulted in a lot of trial and error.
Flattening components with a hand plane. Finally tried the scary sharp method and tuned up my # 5 jack plane. I’m in love! Can’t wait to get more money to pick up a nice jointer plane. I can see why there are guys that don’t touch power tools.
New type of finish – equal parts mineral spirits, BLO and Satin Poly. Followed Canadian WoodWorks method for flooding and wiping off to build up a finish. Really like the way it turned out.
Few lesson learned. Next time my panels will be glued up. They are individual pieces that I fit and I forsee movement problems in the future. Work harder to get flat stock, turned out ok but had to fight it a lot more than I would have liked. Finally, I need to make some 90 degree corner jigs for clamping. The chest came out a little out of square. Not a huge deal, but not something I would be happy selling or giving away.
Overall I really enjoyed the project and can’t wait to build another. No idea what in the heck I’ll do with two blanket chests…but it was fun, fairly simple project.
As always, feedback criticism and recommendations are welcome!
-- - Steve Campbell