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Blanket Chest for my Daughter

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Project by 3Vdesigns posted 241 days ago 1031 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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RockyTopScott

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#1 posted 241 days ago

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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TysonK

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#2 posted 241 days ago

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

-- -- Tyson

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#3 posted 241 days ago

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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aussiedave

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#4 posted 241 days ago

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

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

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Musgrover

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#5 posted 241 days ago

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 240 days ago

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

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#7 posted 240 days ago

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

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 240 days ago

This piece is nicely done. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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 240 days ago

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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BigMig

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#10 posted 240 days ago

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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hoss12992

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#11 posted 240 days ago

I really like the design on this one. Great job

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#12 posted 240 days ago

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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David Dean

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#13 posted 240 days ago

nice work like the panel work.

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cracknpop

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#14 posted 239 days ago

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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Thomas berkey

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#15 posted 239 days ago

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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