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Oak Blanket Chest for the Outlaws

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 12-27-2013 02:54 AM 2106 views 12 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My in-laws commissioned me to make this blanket chest. It’s always fun to build stuff for loved ones. Plus I think they enjoyed watching the progress along the way.

It’s made of red oak plainsawn red oak with solid quartersawn, book-matched panels.

I guess you could say I designed it, but it’s pretty straight-forward. Lots of clean lines. I tried to use the grain as ornamentation. Also tried to give the piece depth with varied thicknesses of materials.

All mortise and tenon, frame and panel joinery. The corners are mitered with a spline. Breadboard ends on the lid. I milled some tongue and groove aromatic cedar for the bottom. The finish is minwax golden oak stain followed by several coats of wipe-on satin poly.

Hardware is two 60lb. torsion hinges from rockler. I really like this setup. Stays open kinda like a laptop.

I made a couple tutorial blogs along the way:
Mitered Spline Blog
Book-matched Panels Blog

And a couple pics of the build.





Questions and Comments always welcome.
Peace out, Red

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer





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#1 posted 12-27-2013 02:56 AM

Looks great, Red. It’s been a real pleasure seeing this project as you’ve posted on the furniture makers thread. Thanks for sharing the journey.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 03:11 AM

Nice work.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 03:16 AM

Awesome job

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

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 03:37 AM

You Sir, are a fine craftsman.
Beautiful piece.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 03:44 AM

Looks nice, you have a fine job on this one.

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 03:49 AM

I can only find plain sawn red oak around here, but I like the look of the qtr sawn on this. Nice looking project.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 04:06 AM

Well done!

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 04:10 AM

^He draws a lot of water in this town.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 04:20 AM

Very nice! Nice looking shop as well!

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 04:37 AM

Wow thats awesome, great work bro!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 12-27-2013 04:39 AM

Great blanket chest. This one came out really nice.
We always seem to post projects on the same day. We need to quit that, because I can’t compete with you.

Can you speak to the wipe-on poly? What brand did you use, and how was it to work with?

Great job.

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#12 posted 12-27-2013 05:20 AM

Looks every bit as good as I would have expected from you Big Red. I am sure they are very pleased.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#13 posted 12-27-2013 01:22 PM

excellent!!

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#14 posted 12-27-2013 01:24 PM

Great looking chest.

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

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#15 posted 12-27-2013 01:48 PM

Great job! and that is a nice workbench too.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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