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Forum topic by bigdog72 posted 01-14-2008 05:36 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2008 05:36 AM

I am considering making a blanket chest for LOML. I have found the plans for the one I want and it is a raised panel design. The widest board in the cut list is 5 1/2”. The one I am looking at is made with pine. Is there any reason why I couldn’t use cherry instead?

-- Geoff, Lillington, NC

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#1 posted 01-14-2008 05:50 AM

There is no reason you can’t use cherry. If you can’t find stock that wide, do a panel glueup and make one that wide. You can really add an original component of what looks good to your eye. Go for it. As much as many like working with pine, I prefer harder woods. Good luck with it, and be sure to blog it!


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#2 posted 01-14-2008 06:08 AM

No reason what so ever why you can’t use another type wood.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 06:08 AM

Go for the cherry. It will look so much bettter.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 06:31 AM

Geoff, I have a solid cherry blanket chest at the end of my bed. Cherry makes a wonderful piece. The only thing to remember with cherry is that it can burn easy when you cut it. So make sure your blades are sharp and keep your feed rate steady. Also remember that Cherry can darken with age and exposure to sunlight. My blanket chest is just now starting to darken a bit and it’s quite pretty.

Like Tom said – if you can’t find the right width pieces do a glue up to make them that wide.

With all that said, I’ve seen some very nice pine ones done. If you go with pine, you might try knotty pine as that looks nice.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 11:43 AM

Go for the cherry!

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#6 posted 01-29-2008 04:42 PM

About 1 year ago I built a blanked chest with raised panels. It was a good learning experience for me. However, there are many things I would do different should I build another one. Depending on your experience level, you may want to build a prototype out of a less expensive wood such as pine. I believe this will enable you to work through the different processes in the construction of the chest. Which should result in a much better blanket chest for your wife. Chiefk

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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