Blanket Chest

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Project by griff posted 07-08-2008 05:29 AM 1811 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Heres a blanket chest I just finished fore a lady here in town. It is a queen size that will serve as a foot board also. She said just make it plane and simple in design so that it wont be hard to dust. Maybe those little corners in those panels wont be too hard.
She has had the walnut lumber in a barn for about fifteen years. The chest is 64” at the back and 60” in the front around a 7 degree taper the sides are 18” wide and it is 36” tall. and has two drawers in the bottom. The walnut was planed down to 7/8 ” thick and it is very Heavy. I cut the panels on the table saw which was a first for me to do that. way too much sanding for that process if you have very many panels. It has around ten coats of lacquer, I lost count. Had some trouble with the moisture and humidity with my lacquer but one quick forum question took care of that. Thanks again Jocks.

Hope yall enjoy

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#1 posted 07-08-2008 05:41 AM

Very nice looking chest. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#2 posted 07-08-2008 05:45 AM

Don’t show this to my wife if you do I’ll have to make one. ;-) VERY NICE JOB!!!!

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#3 posted 07-08-2008 05:52 AM

Simply amazing grain. I really like the design. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 07-08-2008 06:01 AM

Really nice. I’d be curious to see that in a bit warmer finish. But then again, look at that grain, it really pops with that shiny finish.


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#5 posted 07-08-2008 07:29 AM

That is a very nice looking chest.

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#6 posted 07-08-2008 12:47 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 07-08-2008 02:10 PM

Outstanding work Mike! I love the grain in the drawer fronts and panels….

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#8 posted 07-08-2008 04:38 PM

This is a beautifully designed and built chest, Mike. And the wood is spectacular. Great job!

I was thinking along the same lines as Kerux, though. I’d like to see what this would look like in an oiled finish of some sort.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 07-08-2008 04:48 PM

I really like the skirt design on this piece. Very unusual size for a blanket chest. I can’t see the difference in the photos of the front to back width differences you mentioned above? I thought I’d be able to see the difference of 4” in length from back to front? I assume that the top raises?
Sorry for all the questions-but I really liked the look and the walnut is beautiful! Congratulations on a fantastic build.
Ken McGinnis

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#10 posted 07-08-2008 04:58 PM

That’s an awesome piece. Thanks for sharing.


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#11 posted 07-08-2008 07:15 PM

Hi Griff;

This is some beautiful wood. You did it justice too!

Nothing worse in my book than a beautiful board in an ugly piece. I mean it takes the tree a long time to grow it, I think it deserves to become something nice.

Beautiful wood doesn’t grow on trees you know.


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#12 posted 07-08-2008 08:50 PM

The craftsmanship is superb. I will have to agree with the others regarding the finish however. As much as I like shiny things , it makes the wood look like plastic . Perhaps a satin sheen wood bring out the warmth of the wood more naturally….You can always dull it down a bit , but I can’t see sanding the whole project down again to bare wood to apply an oil finish to it . ...It would have been nice to start with an oil finish and then build up the sheen to a satin finish on a piece this large . I know how nice the grain pops in those drawer fronts being super glossy like that …been there , done that : ) Please don’t be offended … J M O : )

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#13 posted 07-08-2008 09:43 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments, glad yall liked it. I`v never tried an oil finish before, I plan to one day on something smaller first though. Again, thanks

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#14 posted 07-08-2008 11:39 PM

I love the wood grain in the drawer fronts. Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#15 posted 07-09-2008 12:24 AM

Griff, that’s a great looking blanket chest. I love the grain. Nice design too. Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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