Greene & Greene inspired Blanket Chest with drawers

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Project by darum posted 03-22-2013 08:48 AM 2837 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as a traditional blanket chestin G&G style. When I decided to switch from a top opening to doors and drawers, the engineering became interesting. Overall dimensions are 45.5×19.75×20.

The case is ‘genuine’ Mahogany, the drawers are Poplar, the case is lined with Camphor wood. All the dark wood is Ebony. It represents 7 months of work. The wood, other than the Poplar was sanded to 1000. The finish is 7 hand rubbed coats of Watco Oil and 3 hand rubbed coats of Watco Satin Wax. Unfortunately, the use of 7/8 and 1” lumber made this a very heavy piece – 125 lbs. +/-, so it’s not likely to get moved around much. The side handles are from Chisler Mfg., which makes them in the Japanese style, which use metal blades driven through the case and then bent over, rather than nuts and bolts. No nails: glue, Domino tenons, brass and stainless steel screws to connect the various components (bottom, top and sides).

My next project, since I want something less complex, is a repro of the G&G’s Gamble House Entry Table- full size.

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 12:20 PM

Great project! I think it was a good choice going with the front opening.

-- Danielle -

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Rob W

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 12:23 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 12:31 PM

Very nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 02:40 PM

really nice job

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#5 posted 03-22-2013 02:43 PM

Darum that is beautiful.
Nice piece

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#6 posted 03-22-2013 07:27 PM

Very nicely done with use of distinct G&G elements.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 03-22-2013 10:33 PM

Thank you all for your comments.


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#8 posted 03-23-2013 12:02 AM

Love G&G. great job!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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