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Cedar Blanket Chest Build- One more thing off my "to do" list

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Project by BusterB posted 353 days ago 1679 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been saying I was going to build my mother-in-law a cedar blanket chest for some time now. A guy I work with gave me the cedar boards for it a few months back but I just kept finding reasons to put it off. Well I finally ran out of excuses so started on it a couple of weeks back and have been piddling on it in my spare time. First issue I ran into was that I didnt have enough long clamps so could only glue up two panels at a time. Basically had a week invested in planing, joining and gluing up the six panels for the chest. Spent a interesting day gluing the sides and trying to get it square. Finally cheated and used the nail gun to attach it all together. I know its not lumberjock style but was desperate…lol. The rest of the build went pretty well and finally had a reason to use the band saw fence I built a while back when was cutting out the base rails. The handles are two pieces of cedar board laminated together with the bottom piece cut to allow room for fingers. I bored out the nail holes to 1/4” and inserted cedar plugs to hide. Finish is wipe on poly that I sanded with steel wool between coats. Was really impressed with how it brought the grain out in the wood. Thanks to my pal Gary (spideyTN) on his input on using the poly. I plan on putting on a couple of coats of minwax finishing wax to make finish a tad bit more durable after it has cured a while. The overall demensions of the chest are 19” wide, 40” long and 21 1/2” tall. The base and lid both have a 1” lip all the way around the chest.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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TDog

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#1 posted 353 days ago

some to-do’s are more fun than others,

looks great, sure it will make a great family heirloom
those are the best projects to me.

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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BusterB

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#2 posted 353 days ago

Thanks TDog…. more likely they will fight over who has to take it…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 353 days ago

Quite well done Buster. I agree the finish did it justice. Not finding fault, but could you have glued two sides, ends, or top and bottom as a pair at the same guluing one on top of the other with waxed paper between the pair and have had enough clamps to glue two pair at a time? I’m curious for my future projects; as I’m also limited on clamps.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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BusterB

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#4 posted 353 days ago

Interesting idea Russell….. Cant think of a reason that wouldnt work….hummmm nice idea bud.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 353 days ago

Nice chest, Buster. she’ll love it!!!!!!!!!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Todd Barrone

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#6 posted 352 days ago

Awesome job dude, that is really nice work, I think your the cedar man now lol

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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bluekingfisher

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#7 posted 352 days ago

Nice looking chest B. I have something similar in dimension made from pine then distressed. I used hand cut dovetails on mine. I prefer the cedar look though, a little more distinctive.

Hope you’re well?

D

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 352 days ago

Buster that is a neat chest
does she fit? :)

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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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 352 days ago

Excellent job. Everything is better with Cedar.

-- 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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BusterB

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#10 posted 352 days ago

Jim- Thanks sir, she better because there probably wont be another one for a while…lol

Todd- No way bud, your crown is safe.

David- I considered cutting the dovetails but couldnt find my saw…lol I am working that way though bud…someday

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 352 days ago

Really nice job, Just love the wood as I’m sure she will as well. Great project…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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BusterB

1306 posts in 508 days


#12 posted 352 days ago

Jamie- Its a dang good thing I had finished my coffee before I read your comment bud…..its a real pain to get it outta the keyboard….lol I will have to pass on that question for fear of possible self incrimination at some point in the future. Everyone already knows that I hold a grudge against her already for not running me off 30 years ago…lol

Monte- oh master of all things cedar…. what causes the browning in the finish???

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 352 days ago

Buster you can imagine my conversations with “the Dragon” (MILaw)
She gave me an Amazon voucher for Christmas, I bought an axe then
another for my birthday. So I told her that with that one I bought a shovel.
She sweetly asked “Why”?
I love her to bits, :)
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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BusterB

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#14 posted 352 days ago

I harbor nary a doubt that you have interesting some conversations with yourself Jamie…. just adding another person into the mix (especially a mother-in-law) would have to be a hoot. Your wife has to be inline for sainthood…rofl. Been seeing where you have been online more lately bud, I am guessing that you were finally able to shake the effects of the hard winter off and are back to operations as usual??? The rouges gotta be happy to see this- I have no doubts that their backs were needing a rest after having to carry you for the last few months….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#15 posted 352 days ago

Hey Buster, when mother-in-laws are happy everyone is happy :). Isn’t that how it goes? Seriously, great build my friend. By the way, I don’t think that their is a right way or wrong way to build something, it’s just your way using the tools and skill level available to you. :) I really need to build one of these since my wife loves to quilt and already has several made that need a home.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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