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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 11-27-2013 03:55 PM 2116 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These oak blanket chests were custom built. I started out working with lady at work for a ‘plain Jane’ blanket chest. I created a SketchUp drawing and then my wife saw it. Well, that turned into another chest to build. Only the wife’s was to be a bit more decorative.

The basic construction is stub-tenon and groove. I used solid red oak for the frame and 1/2” oak ply for the panels. The top is solid oak frame with 3/4” oak ply. I created ogee feet inserts and picture frame moulding for the wife’s.

The bottom is 5/8” eastern red cedar that has ship lap edges with a 1/4” bead.

The hinges are lid stay torsion hinges from Rockler. They are the 60 inch pound version.

These are complete as far as my work. My client is going to finish hers and my wife is going to have a local furniture refinished ‘faux’ finish hers.

Thanks for taking a look at my project.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!





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BuzzBate

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 05:27 PM

Love it. Most of it simple but very clean and tight construction. Did you make a dado to put the bottom in?

-- "Drill as many holes as you want. We have plenty of putty."

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dave105

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 08:04 PM

Great job as always. Love the dado corners.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 09:38 PM

Looks very cool,looks a lot like the one that Tommy MacDonald built. Good job.

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 10:06 PM

Thanks, fellas.

I used Freud’s tongue and groove router bit set to make joints. This set has shear cutters. I highly recommend these bits for this joint. Cuts end grain as smooth as a… well, you know.

Buzz, I didn’t put the cedar bottom into a dado. They are sitting on a cleat applied to the sides. The cedar boards are screwed to the cleat so they can be taken out while the chest is being finished. Also, over the years, they can be removed and lightly sanded to revive the cedar aroma.

Jim, I like to think Tommy’s looks like mine. :-)

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 11-28-2013 01:33 AM

Those are both beautiful! I like the idea of the ‘removable’ cedar bottom.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Rick

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#6 posted 11-28-2013 03:28 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

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aussiedave

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#7 posted 11-28-2013 11:43 AM

Beautiful oak blanket chest…nice design and I like the looks of the legs…Great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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mustang958

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#8 posted 11-30-2013 10:09 AM

Really sweet looking chests. Very clean lines, sleek. NIce work.

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 12-03-2013 02:54 PM

Wonderful blanket chest! Great design and build, the joints look amazing. They’ll be great family heirlooms for sure.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 12-03-2013 02:58 PM

This is a really nice chest and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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