Blanket Chest

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Project by Joel Shappell posted 297 days ago 1278 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Stole this design from Taunton Press’ “Blanket Chests” page 114 by J-P Vilkman. I had to guess at a few of the dimensions so it’s not identical by any means. I also chose to use Red Oak with Walnut handles, Frame and Panel construction. My first large piece of furniture. Was fun to make and learned quite a bit. If I had anything to do over, I would change the wood ‘grain’ selection. Also had a cedar bottom. Built it to go in front of a window as a ‘window seat’, but somehow it ended up as a coffee table in front of the couch. And instead of holding blankets, it currently holds the kids misc. electronics that are usually all over the house. 18” deep, 60” wide, 24” high. Hinges are made from Red Oak dowels.

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#1 posted 297 days ago

Beautiful piece. I like the handles it makes it stand out and be noticed. How much time do you have in it>

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#2 posted 297 days ago

3 weeks effort.

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#3 posted 297 days ago

Unique design and good build.

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#4 posted 296 days ago

Very nice Joel, a beautiful piece of furniture….Great job.

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#5 posted 296 days ago

Beautiful looking chest. Nice work!

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#6 posted 296 days ago

nice looking chest.

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#7 posted 296 days ago

Well done Joel, walnut handles look great with the red oak.

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#8 posted 293 days ago

Like it, unique design and beautiful wood combo. It’s functional and love the big storage. Great work!

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