Walnut and Spalted Maple Blanket Chest

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Project by verw0003 posted 09-05-2013 06:21 PM 2623 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a blanket chest to match the walnut bed I made earlier this year. I wanted to add some color and contrast to the project so I went with spalted maple from a local farmer. Design is my own. It is frame and panel construction for the body. Panels float in between stiles and rails. Biscuits were used to hold the frame together. Top piece is solid as I used biscuits to get a nearly flat surface. There are curves to the bottom rail and top sides to break up the lines and to complement the bed. I used a raised panel bit to add a lip to the lid. Aromatic cedar lines the bottom of the chest. Chest is 36” wide, 22” tall, and 20” deep.

I used 1 coat of Seal-A-Cell followed by 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. Really helped make the maple pop. Sanded to 220 grit between each coat.

I used 3 brass hinges and then added lid supports to prevent any slamming of the lid. The lid support hinges work great and were easy to install. They hold the lid open at any angle from about 25-80 degrees.

The entire project took 3 weeks of elapsed time and probably about 25 hours of actual work. I got a lot of use out of my router table and learned some new tricks and techniques. The next time I make a chest I would probably make it a little smaller and use more complex joinery.

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 06:24 PM

very nice color combination and construction. kudos!

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 07:16 PM

What a great looking piece. Very nice proportions.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 10:55 PM

Very attractive chest—nice job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 10:57 PM

I love maple and walnut together. You got some real nice lines on this! I really like the curve of the feet and the rounded edge of the lid. Nice work.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 12:19 AM

A very nice blanket chest and the wood is beautiful….you did a great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 01:51 AM

BEAUTIFUL WORK! I like your design, especially the rounded ends on the lid. The contrasting woods really compliment each other.
Where do you get your hinge (lid) supports?

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 05:06 AM

Looks very nice, great work.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 05:12 AM

Nice blanket chest.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 08:47 AM

Well done just finishing one up fro Blondie as well. Love the wood choice on yours A++++++++++++++++

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

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 11:14 AM

I like it. Nice wood combos, nice build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 01:42 PM

Gorgeous blanket chest! Love the combo of spalted maple with walnut. Great design, very well built. Great work!

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