Blanket Chest/Toy Chest

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Project by Woodfix posted 10-19-2013 02:39 AM 1540 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At this time, I am putting in a covered space at the back of the house to be my work space. Once completed we will be renovating our outdoor entertainment area which is currently doubling as my bench room (which is driving my wife insane/r). The outdoor entertainment area is partially covered by an awning and will incorporate a lot of seating.

This chest will be for that area and is to be filled with cushions and when entertaining our son’s toys. It also will be a seat.

I have tried our some construction techniques that I have previously not tried. The sides and ends are made breadboard. The top and bottom are frame and panel. There are five ball feet which I turned on my neighbour’s lathe.

The top slides both ways, as seen in photo two. This is to protect little fingers from hinged tops (there is a lot of weight in that top). The timber is reclaimed Spotted Gum that a mate had left over after building a deck on the back of his house. This is definitely not a furniture grade timber. It is as hard as and heavy too. But it polishes up nicely and given it is decking timber should be good for an outdoor furniture piece.

I already have an order for another one from a friend. Her’s will be smaller as I think this one is a bit too big (too long) and there is not as much of timber she has provided to make it. her’s will be for the end of the bed.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 03:06 AM

Beautiful work Woodfix. I especially like the idea of the sliding top to protect little fingers.

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 03:21 AM

Great looking chest. The lines are nice. Like the sliding top as well.

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#3 posted 10-19-2013 03:27 AM

Very cool chest the sliding top is cool.

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#4 posted 10-19-2013 05:12 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

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#5 posted 10-19-2013 05:22 AM

Very beautiful work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-19-2013 08:00 AM

Great chest…. Well done…..

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#7 posted 10-19-2013 10:41 AM

Looks great.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 10-19-2013 01:53 PM

For not being “furniture grade lumber” it looks fantastic.

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#9 posted 10-19-2013 02:16 PM

That is one beautiful chest. I love the design and the finish!!

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#10 posted 10-19-2013 02:26 PM

Very attractive chest—nicely designed and built.

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#11 posted 10-19-2013 03:36 PM

It’s a very nice practical piece. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 10-19-2013 09:08 PM

Wonderful work sir. Nicely proportioned and I love the bun feet.

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#13 posted 10-23-2013 04:43 PM

That’s one beautiful and functional build. Great design and very well executed. It will be an heirloom piece for sure.

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