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Forum topic by BuyoMasilla posted 12-03-2011 04:35 PM 1295 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BuyoMasilla

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12-03-2011 04:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question joining bandsaw tablesaw router

Greetings Fellow Lumberjocks,

Perhaps somewhat like you, my reality is such that cost is a major factor to consider at most turns of life. Self perception is not always accurate, or is it ever? I don’t consider myself boastful or prideful. I also try to be honest, especially to myself, so at the end of the day as they say, I say I’m cheap. I’m not claiming to be the most frugal and know that I can be and am wasteful at times.

I feel the potential of wasting coming my way.

I will be building a blanket chest for our oldest daughter. As the planning went, the first step was to find wood. True to my cheap self, I found a mess of laminated hickory cheap. That wood is heavy. Given this, I ponder, how thin can I go and keep structural strength in the project?

Unfortunately I’m not as organized, or skilled, or detail oriented, or many other things as I wish I were. The project is not all laid out in paper but rather floating in my head. I have four “posts” for legs that right now are about 1.5” square of solid hickory. Those will be tapered at the bottom 4” or so. To this stile and rails (whose dimensions have not been decided upon) holding raised panels of laminated hickory will be attached. I’m thinking of one panel ends and three panels front and back of possibly the same size panels might work. For the top maybe a slab of the lamination with rounded edges, or “bread board” around the lamination.

I have cut some pieces for stiles and rails but am thinking of laying them on their side at the table saw and resawing them to a thiner size. How thin do you think I’ll be able to go? I’m thinking of aiding the joinery with pocket holes.

How about on the raised panels? I might be able to resaw those on the bandsaw. How thin would you go?

I have tried to embed some images of the material, not sure if it worked.

Your comments are encouraged and appreciated. Feel free to add ideas on finishing, designing, actual milling/working/processing.

Thanks for reading and your time, Buyo Masilla

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........


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KOVA

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 01:33 AM

BUYO: MY ADVICE IS THAT ALL YOU CAN DRAW !!!!!! DRAWING THAT PREVENTS YOU WALK THE SAME AS MUCH THINKING AND FOLLOW DESIGNING: THE SAME PARTIES SAY, ‚Äč‚ÄčTHEN you can draw that picture or Discard TRIMMING AND YOUR HEAD SO HAPPENS TO ANOTHER PROBLEM, WHILE THE ABOVE WAS IN THE PAPER! !

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Tradeturnhobby

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#2 posted 12-14-2011 08:28 PM

Hi Buyo,
You made me your new buddy so I thought I could reply. I am excited to have another contact to share ideas about in Utah.
I built a chest out of Pine for my mom when I was working in the cabinet shop. I used 1/4 panels slid into a square shaker style frame that with some glue and creative joints the thing is pretty solid. A great example of this is how I did my doors on the Freezer Cabniet I have posted. All the joints I did with a dado blade or Router. So, you could get away with 1/4 panels if there is enough material.
Like Kova says I would draw something out. I always have a scrap book to which I draw out what I am going to do. It doesn’t always work, but I find I waste less and think about the project better when I draw it out.
Also, it helps to research ideas. That is why I joined this site. Also, there are some links out there with some free plans that help (careful what you download – don’t want to get a virus :)). Here is one link I look at from time to time: http://www.freewoodworkingplan.com/index.php
I hope that helps.

-- TTH, UT

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bandit571

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 08:51 PM

Frame and panel blanket chest from old Oak rafters

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 08:49 AM

Kova is right, however I’ll go a step further, break out a ruler and draw it to scale. This way you can get an idea on what it will look like before it’s done, and you can see the proportions, which are always important in designing things.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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horky

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 06:12 PM

You can see many different blanket chest designs at the Google Sketchup 3D warehouse.
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/
Do a search for blanket chests.
If you don’t have Googel Sketcup .. you can download it for free.
Best of luck.

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DS

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 06:26 PM

That is some really NICE Hickory! Good find.
If you do it right, that blanket chest will last several lifetimes.

For me, I would favor a frame and panel construction for the sides, resawing the boards for the panels.
I would make a solid top not unlike the one in banidts photo.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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