|Project by BusterB||posted 04-30-2013 02:47 AM||2623 views||3 times favorited||19 comments|
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)