Arts and Crafts Blanket Chest

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 556 days ago 2315 views 9 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.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#1 posted 556 days ago

Wonderful chest.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 556 days ago

Nice job!

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

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#3 posted 556 days ago

Really nice. I like this particular design.

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#4 posted 556 days ago

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 556 days ago

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 556 days ago

Classic looking. Beautiful work.

-- 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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#7 posted 556 days ago

Nice job.

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#8 posted 554 days ago

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 554 days ago

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


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#10 posted 553 days ago

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.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#11 posted 511 days ago

Beautiful chest. I admire your work!

-- Robb

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#12 posted 482 days ago

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 482 days ago

Very nice looking and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 394 days ago

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 269 days ago

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.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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