Blanket Chest

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Project by chopnhack posted 01-28-2014 04:19 AM 1328 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife volunteered me to build a blanket chest for the schools charity gala event :blink: She said it had to look like the treasure chest from last year, but larger…. and the top had to be the same, but no shiny brass hardware this time and I had to put the nails in it again…. :blink:

I asked her when she was going to build it! :P

So I took the time to decide how I wanted to revisit this project. I usually do one off’s primarily because I like the creative process and tire of the actual build after a while. Does that happen to you? Since the chest was going to be larger, the one thing I learned from the previous build was that the top makes the entire unit top heavy, so I decided to lower the rise (total height) of the recurved top. This seems to have worked out well. And since the entire piece was being upsized from a child’s plaything to a blanket chest, I decided to make all the parts out of 5/8” thick wood instead of 3/4”. To offset the potential weakness of the thinner wood forming the top, I added a third support in the center of the top. The treasure chest was supported solely by the end pieces. My youngest takes to sitting on it in front of the t.v. B)

The underside was a raised panel I made out of two 1×12 boards. I did it just for practice on a new jig. I even made a “ahem” designer error…. LOL, the wood that was filled in was then painted black for a nice accent. All in all a fun revisit with some quirks. About 30 hours start to finish.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 11:40 AM

Arrrrrrrgh, it’s a mighty nice chest, matey.

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 01:02 PM

Thanks, ye ole salty dog :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 01:55 PM

I always like that top. Looks real sturdy. I hope it brings a good dollar at the gala.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 02:18 PM

This turned out beautifully. Nice work.

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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#5 posted 01-28-2014 04:02 PM

Beautiful heirloom!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 05:13 PM

I like it that hump back design really makes it distinctive .
I do wonder about wood movement with all of those screws?

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 06:43 PM

Hi Jim. Good point, on the wood movement, however, the nails are purely decorative. The holes are pre-drilled before the nails are inserted so the top doesn’t rely on them for assembly. The top is glued together with carefully fitted pieces. The strength really comes from the long face to face grain connection. See the in progress pic below. Thanks for commenting!

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#8 posted 01-28-2014 07:29 PM

Very nice job! Sometimes it’s hard to ‘upscale’ a design. You succeeded at this one! I’ll bet it will be a winner at the charity event.


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