blanket chest mid-build redesign?

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Forum topic by AaronK posted 04-04-2010 03:46 AM 1072 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2010 03:46 AM

So I’ve milled out all the pieces to my latest project, a blanket chest:

pretend that it’s framed in mahogany and there are bookmatched cherry panels in there :-)

Now, I was just looking through a book and came across the G&G hall bench,

and thought – maybe i could use the design of the slats in the back of the bench for the stiles on the sides of the chest? That is, make them gently curved and make the panels to fit. Im even liking the idea of capturing a tiny panel into the two “hollow” back slats on the G&G bench. FYI, the stiles are currently 2” wide (overall length of the chest is 40”)... so there’s some room to work, but not a lot. While it will be a little bit of work to carve these out, it wont be too bad. My questions are:

1. Does it fit into the otherwise rectilinear design of the entire piece?
2. If not, what else needs to be redesigned to compensate?

As far as lumber goes, I have probably enough to remill some stiles, but not enough to redo all the rails and the leg pieces.

Thanks to anyone for advice on this!

edit: also, I’m not thinking of using all 13 slats as stiles in the chest. I’d still keep that number to 4 on the front/back and 1 on the sides.

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 03:55 PM

Wow, that’s a very ambition redesign! If you want to convert your chest to G&G, I would suggest oversized breadboard ends on the top, ebony plugs everywhere two boards intersect, ebony splines spanning the top and the breadboards, etc. I don’t see anywhere you could use oversized finger joints, unless you make a faux base for it to sit on. Using contrasting woods with your slats will make it a very dramatic piece.

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 04:20 PM

im not going for a G&G overhaul, just wondering if i might get a little adventurous with the style of the stiles. i drew something up by hand last night that I think might actually work. In this case it’s easier to do it by hand than sketchup, so I might just incorporate it into the design and show it off in the finished project :-)

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