Oak Blanket Chests

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 275 days ago 1970 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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#1 posted 275 days ago

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

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#2 posted 275 days ago

Great job as always. Love the dado corners.

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#3 posted 275 days ago

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

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#4 posted 275 days ago

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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#5 posted 275 days ago

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

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#6 posted 275 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


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#7 posted 274 days ago

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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#8 posted 272 days ago

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

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#9 posted 269 days ago

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

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#10 posted 269 days ago

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

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