More Miniature Dovetailed Blanket Chests

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Project by barringerfurniture posted 02-22-2014 03:27 AM 1395 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These three chests were supposed to be easy, fast, salable things that I could knock out a few at a time, using scraps from around the shop.

They weren’t quite that.

The woods are Douglas Fir, Cherry and Curly Maple from left. Hinges are Brusso 95 degree stop hinges – solid brass. Locks are the humidor locks from Woodcraft – gold plated.

Hand-cut joinery throughout. Finish is two coats of danish oil and paste wax buffed to satin.

I swear each one of these has its own punch list. Wasn’t expecting them to be so tedious and I’m still fussing with them. I have kind of a bad attitude about them at the moment.

Thanks for looking.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#1 posted 02-22-2014 04:59 AM

A bad attitude for some bad boxes! These are great. Very pleasing to look at. Some boxes show off exotic wood, some show fancy methods. These show great classic, pass the test of time, style and well executed traditional joinery. Good job!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-22-2014 05:26 AM

I am with Brett here, they look great. If I had made those I would be very excited about them. Dovetails look hand cut, the wood is nice and the finish and I really like the design…Great job.

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

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#3 posted 02-22-2014 06:27 AM

Their looking great Scott.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 03:10 PM

Your joinery is spectacular. And, a perfect design fit for the Shaker style box. Nice work indeed. I particularly like the proportions of the taller ones. I might also add that the miniature blanket chests on your site are substantially underpriced. My opinion.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 03:00 AM

Thanks guys. I hope it doesn’t bug anyone too much, but I replaced the previous pics of these with some better ones I shot this morning.

Roger, thanks for the encouragement – I’ll take that as a compliment. The “miniature Chest” you may have seen there did not have a lock as these do and the hinges are not nearly as high quality. Also the sliding till in that one has no lid. All this is to say that these are much nicer and so will be priced accordingly.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#6 posted 02-23-2014 03:01 AM

Brett, I believe you just emailed me after visiting my site. Thanks again for the kind words.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#7 posted 02-28-2014 02:51 PM

Wonderful boxes! Like the classy design, those joints are awesome and very nice longer legs. Great job!

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