Cherry Miniature Blanket Chest

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Project by barringerwoodworks posted 249 days ago 999 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everybody. First off, thanks for all the positive feedback and advice I’ve gotten from so many on here. It’s been a great resource over and over and a very supportive environment.

Here’s a little blanket chest I made as a gift for my Brother (I can finally post it online since he received it in the mail today). He bought me a set of Blue Spruce Toolworks dovetail chisels, so I wanted to make something special for him, using those.

Solid Cherry of course, handcut joinery and all material hand planed to thickness. A couple of things I wish I had planned better – no lock because the material is too thin (about 3/8”) for a mortise and also too thin for those nice side rail stopped hinges, so I used a chain.

This was my first time with Watco Danish Oil. It has two coats of that with a paste wax topcoat.

Thanks for looking and happy holidays!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#1 posted 249 days ago

I like it ,very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 249 days ago

Very nicely done! I also like it.

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

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#3 posted 249 days ago

very nice looking box. Great looking joinery.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 249 days ago

That turned out great. What are the dimensions?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 248 days ago

Very nice, very clean looking.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 248 days ago

Thanks everyone.

rtbrmb, I can’t remember exact dimensions but it’s about 11”w X 5” X 5”. I’m finding out that I really like building small things like this. The labor/personal satisfaction ratio is nice because this only took about 4 days. The truth is, my favorite part of building any project is SEEING IT DONE.

So I might start building a whole bunch of these – all different random sizes, designs, etc. The idea would be to make them sort of spontaneously and quickly. Good way to use up small scraps in the shop. Probably easier to sell than coffee tables too, which of course would be nice.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#7 posted 248 days ago

Great lines & great looking craftsmanship.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#8 posted 246 days ago

This looks really cool. I really enjoy that same aspect of making small projects, getting them done quickly! the only thing I hate is trying to get the hinges to fit and line up properly, which you did a really good job on.

Great job and Merry Christmas!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 139 days ago

Very nice Scott. I was looking back at my blanket chest project, saw your comment there and decided to check out your miniature chest. It came out beautifully. I love cherry and you used some beautiful stock here.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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