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Project by tsangell posted 611 days ago 1292 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blanket chest I just built on commission. It started out as three immaculately clear pine boards, a pile of wrought/cut nails, and some hardware from Horton Brasses. There are no knots in the chest – it is entirely clear. Amazing material. I decided early on that it would be unpainted, which drove some design decisions, such as no return moulding.

Fully hand-built. Project firsts include: freehand dados with a sash saw, mortised hinges, gun-bluing hardware, and ogee feet with a compass. It’s also the largest piece of nailed furniture I’ve built. Props to Chris Schwarz and Roy Underhill for inspiration and accumulated how-to tidbits.

Like everything I make that leaves the shop, I secretly hope the customer doesn’t like it and lets me keep it. Cheers, and Merry Christmas!





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 611 days ago

Very nice, indeed.i like the raised design as well. Good work!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 611 days ago

The customer will love it. Good job.

-- 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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#3 posted 611 days ago

super looking chest ,nice work.

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 611 days ago

Very nice design and timber

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 611 days ago

Like everything I make that leaves the shop, I secretly hope the customer doesn’t like it and lets me keep it. Cheers, and Merry Christmas!

I think the same way you do!!!
The chest is simply beautiful!
Merry Christmas!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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tsangell

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#6 posted 610 days ago

Thanks, all. It was fun to try a different “style” of furniture. This is a rewarding piece of furniture to build – fast, with a pleasant and useful result.

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Surfside

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#7 posted 610 days ago

Super awesome chest! Really attractive too!

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#8 posted 610 days ago

The finest of them all. Enough said.

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tsangell

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#9 posted 610 days ago

Very kind, thanks.

I strongly considered leaving the chest lifts off. The lines, shadows, and grain are very interesting by themselves. Without the visual interruption of the return moulding, or the gravity of the chest lift, it’s very contemporary. It could fit at the foot of a bed in a Scandinavian apartment without blushing.

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#10 posted 610 days ago

Excellent !

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#11 posted 608 days ago

Very lovely work!

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