Blanket Chest For the Wife

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Project by Christopher posted 07-15-2008 07:51 AM 1400 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of those projects you think will take a week or two and it turns into 6 months. It’s all reclaimed wood from local milling dumpsters (I aint afraid to dumpster dive for good wood!). The side panels are actually pallet skids that I resawed to a quarter inch…except the top two panels, I was concerned about weight being put on the top so I used quarter inch ply (from the dumpster!)
Now i sound like a bum but the area I live in has 6 cabinet shops, 3 lumber mills and at least 3 places that mill trim so you wouldn’t believe what I have found!
Everything I build is from reclaimed wood, I feel good about reusing something that was destined for the landfill to make something unique, beautiful and worthwhile. I like to think the tree appreciates it too!

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#1 posted 07-15-2008 08:38 AM

Great looking chest. I’m not too proud to dumpster dive for a good cause.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#2 posted 07-15-2008 01:49 PM

Very, very nice job. Using reclaimed wood is a nice bonus.

One question – how do you keep her from getting out?! ;)

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#3 posted 07-15-2008 02:05 PM

Nice chest. What finish did you apply?

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 07-15-2008 02:15 PM

Very nice, & it looks like a fairly large chest.

When you get something free, it’s better yet.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 07-15-2008 02:30 PM

Very nice chest!

I think I’ll make one for my wife. First I need to figure out what the dimensions have to be for her to fit in it.

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

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#6 posted 07-15-2008 03:05 PM

I think it looks great, how does your wife like it?


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#7 posted 07-15-2008 04:11 PM

Very nice, and I think its great you used reclaimed wood. Have you entered this in the LJ summer contest?

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#8 posted 07-15-2008 04:43 PM

Looks good Christopher. Now I’ll be needing your address so I can make one too.

-- Jim

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#9 posted 07-15-2008 06:26 PM

Very nice, I’m sure your wife enjoys it

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 07-15-2008 07:30 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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#11 posted 07-15-2008 09:08 PM

I really appreciate all the great comments guys! She fits into it well but sometimes we have to grease her sides to get her all the way in! I havent entered it into any contest…I just figured out how to put it onto the Lumberjocks site…good enough for now!

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#12 posted 07-18-2008 06:46 AM

Wow Christopher, as we say in golf…”nice save”.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#13 posted 08-10-2008 07:35 PM

Hi Christopher. Excellent and well thought out project. You don’t sound like a bum to me. You sound exceptionally bright actually! Good luck on those treasure hunts! See ya, Bill.

-- Bill, S.E. Iowa

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#14 posted 11-03-2008 03:59 AM

Thats a nice blanket chest.

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#15 posted 11-03-2008 04:29 AM

A buddy of mine and myself pegboarded both of our garages by dumpster diving. A local Kmart was converting to a sears grand and all the old displays used 30×48 white pegboard. Score!

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