|Project by chopnhack||posted 01-28-2014 04:19 AM||1355 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
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....