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Project by tsangell posted 12-17-2012 03:59 AM 1368 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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#1 posted 12-17-2012 04:35 AM

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

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 05:34 AM

The customer will love it. Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 05:35 AM

super looking chest ,nice work.

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 09:02 AM

Very nice design and timber

jamie

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 12:49 PM

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 St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 03:32 PM

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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#7 posted 12-17-2012 04:59 PM

Super awesome chest! Really attractive too!

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 08:20 PM

The finest of them all. Enough said.

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 08:27 PM

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 12-18-2012 02:29 AM

Excellent !

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#11 posted 12-19-2012 07:52 PM

Very lovely work!

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