Arts and Crafts Blanket Chest

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 02-12-2013 03:08 PM 3319 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this blanket chest in Woodworkers Journal a few years back and I had to make it. I suppose you could say this is the grandfather to my latest sideboard and other creations. Also the start of a love affair with qtr sawn oak.
This piece had a lot of ‘firsts’ for me. First, bookmatched panels(little harder than I thought), first arched stiles, first mitred splines, first breadboard ends. All came out pretty well.
Sorry I don’t have a pics of the construction. This was before I did that. Mostly mortise and tenon planels. Of course it’s qtr sawn white oak. I made some tongue and groove cedar for the bottom. The hinges are rockler torsion hinges.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 03:11 PM

Wonderful chest.

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 03:16 PM

Nice job!

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 03:29 PM

Really nice. I like this particular design.

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 05:46 PM

What a great job! You should be very proud. The finish came out beautiful. I love it!!

-- Paul Lyons

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 07:57 PM

That’s a good one! I am fond of this plan too. You did it justice, well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 02-13-2013 01:21 AM

Classic looking. Beautiful work.

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

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#7 posted 02-13-2013 01:44 AM

Nice job.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 02-14-2013 03:36 AM

Very handsome. The QS oak has some beautiful ray fleck.

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

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#9 posted 02-14-2013 02:52 PM

Super build on this beautiful blanket chest. Like the arched stiles and the finish. Great job!


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#10 posted 02-15-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks guys. I wrestled with the arts and craft finish on this one. Tried all kinds of dyes, stains, methods on sample boards. Guess what my wifey and I like the best? The easiest one: walnut danish oil. I put it on liberally, wipe off. Wait a couple days. And then I think it is key to hand rub the first coat of varnish. I use satin poly thinned. It tends to take off some of the danish oil, but it makes the rays pop and give depth. Evern since, clients say “we want the finish to look like that.”
Some say for the fumed oak look, the rays shouldn’t pop as much. But that’s what I like. That’s why I like qtr sawn anyway.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#11 posted 03-29-2013 05:28 AM

Beautiful chest. I admire your work!

-- Robb

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#12 posted 04-27-2013 01:44 PM

Very nice job. Good pictures.
I want to build one too. I lost the issue this was in. Do you remember which it was and where I could get a copy?


-- Walt, Atlanta....Michigan

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#13 posted 04-27-2013 02:04 PM

Very nice looking and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 07-24-2013 11:06 PM

Wonderful work. I especially like the arched stiles. It’s a very distinctive but somewhat uncommon element of Arts and Crafts furniture. I’ll have to hit you up for some tips on how it’s done.

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#15 posted 11-26-2013 05:25 PM

Walt- sorry, I totally missed your question. It’s in the April 2010 Woodworkers journal. I believe you can order back issues on their website.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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