Blanket Chest for my Daughter

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Project by 3Vdesigns posted 01-03-2014 02:49 AM 1322 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife and I found out we would have a daughter I knew that I would be building her many things throughout her life. When we found out that we had lost her at 22 weeks I knew I had to have something for us that would hold everything we had of her during her short life. I thought a blanket chest would be a great place to store all of it. This was a labor of love for about 3 years. It could have been finished much faster but emotions made it tough and another daughter blessed us with her presence.
It’s a poplar body with a cedar bottom. The cedar came from our fence outside that was falling apart. I planed it down, cut in new tongue and groove joints and made it fit. The mortise and tenon joints were lots of fun since I had never done that before. The panels have basic rabbits in dadoes.
After stain, I added countless coats of shellac and polished out all of the pieces before assembly. A final polish coat after assembly tied it all together. It fits perfectly in our room and I am glad to see it finished. It was tie to move on to other projects. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 02:54 AM

As the father of two daughters I could only imagine the personal journey you went on for this build.

Well done sir.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 04:20 AM

It is a beautiful tribute, well worth all the time.

-- -- Tyson

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 05:41 AM

Wonderful job for a wonderful reason. Sorry for your loss. As a father of three, I can only imagine the pain you have suffered.

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 11:01 AM

Great looking blanket chest, very nicely done and finished…excellent.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 01:09 PM

Very beautiful. I like the finish on the poplar. I cut down some poplar trees in our yard with the intention of buying a chainsaw mill and using it. Never have. Logs are still laying there. What a great way to remember your daughter. Sorry for your loss.

-- Roger, North Carolina

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 02:43 PM

I’m certain she’d be proud of your work. Looks amazing

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 02:53 PM

Every child is a gift from God, even those we don’t get to meet. Nicely done!

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 03:27 PM

This piece is nicely done. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 09:30 PM

I just could imagine this journey you’ve been though, but what a wonderful tribute to you daughter. Sister Ann founding member of the Shaker movement motto was “Hands To Work and Hearts To God”, one day you’ll be reunited. thanks for sharing…BC

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 11:00 PM

Your’re obviously a very resilient person. Beautiful job on the chest and Best Wishes for you and your wife. The entire Lumberjocks group is with you.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 01:06 AM

I really like the design on this one. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 04:16 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 05:26 AM

nice work like the panel work.

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 08:07 PM

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures as well as the story. Many times, the story behind the piece makes it that much more beautiful.

-- Rick

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#15 posted 01-05-2014 01:01 AM

This is a wonderful Blanket chest and the story of it makes my eyes water. This is one of those projects you look at and you know that it was made with love. Excellent job.

-- take your time

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