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Project by lethentymill posted 2188 days ago 3076 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I tell my evening class students, by the time you have made a kist, you are well on the way to being a furniture maker! This is project 7 in our furniture making course at Lethenty Mill – and it is a pretty demanding one.

Traditional kists always had a lock, as papers and personal possessions were stored in them. They often had a string attached inside the top for ties. The carrying handles were often blacksmith made in wrought iron and painted black.

More recently, kists have been used for storing blankets and are called “blanket chests” as a result. When I started making furniture, I restored quite a few of these. Some of them “scrubbed up” very nicely, despite unpromising beginnings.

The kist pictured breaks from tradition in two ways; traditionally, tops were always nailed on and then punched and filled as kists were utility items. I suggest that the top is dowelled so that the fixings are hidden. I also suggest that a stay is fitted to prevent the top from falling back. Most of the kists I have restored have been damaged by this in the past and have been repaired in many ways!

The dimensions of the kist in the photographs are as follows:
530mm (H)
522mm (W)
896mm (L).

Our kits and courses website, http://www.lethenty-mill.com also has a little more information on this project (go to the intermediate kits and courses section).

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture, http://www.lethenty-mill.com





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trifern

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#1 posted 2188 days ago

Nice blanket chest. Thank you for sharing.

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

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jockmike2

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#2 posted 2188 days ago

Beautiful chest, Will make a nice family heirloom.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2188 days ago

A very nice chest, and great craftsmanship. I’ve never heard of that name (kist) before, so I looked it up.

My Mac dictionary called it a coffin.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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lethentymill

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#4 posted 2187 days ago

Hello Dick
A coffin can be a kist – but kist has a wider meaning, chest or box – so a kist is not always coffin ! I hope they give me something a bit longer when my time is up and it won’t need the drawers.
Regards Allan

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture, http://www.lethenty-mill.com

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Jon3

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#5 posted 2186 days ago

Beautiful!

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#6 posted 2185 days ago

Beautiful chest

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#7 posted 1744 days ago

I love the way you have placed the draws under the long box for private document storage. The grain of the pine is really beautiful with the clear coating on it. I wish I had the plans I would give it a try an if it came out half as nice I would be happy. keep up the good work.

-- Robert-maine

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#8 posted 1744 days ago

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 1742 days ago

Looks good Allan nice job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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