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Blog series by Ottacat updated 01-17-2015 04:20 PM 7 parts 18636 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Getting ready

12-12-2014 07:03 PM by Ottacat | 2 comments »

I’ve been ‘getting ready’ to do this build for about a year now. While I am not a huge G&G fan I saw Darrell Peart’s G&G blanket chest here on Lumberjocks and really fell in love with it. I just loved its proportions and overall look, it just looks and feels right. I was a member of Marc Spagnolo’s Guild and he did a G&G blanket chest build which I initially planned on building along with. However I wasn’t very taken with the design he ch...

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Part 2: Understanding the plans

12-19-2014 03:44 PM by Ottacat | 2 comments »

Before starting this project, I wanted to ensure that I fully understood the plans and all the work required. In terms of fully understanding the plans this involved reading and re-reading the article by Darrell Peart in FWW several times. I wanted to ensure I was intimately familiar with all the components, their details, how to make them and how to put them together. As I looked over the plans and went over each part in my mind I realized there were a couple of parts of the plans and ins...

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Part 3: Making the template

12-24-2014 02:22 PM by Ottacat | 1 comment »

One of the interesting differences between Darrell Peart’s and Marc Spagnulo’s finger joint templates is that Darrell makes two templates – one for the back end’s and one for the sides, where Marc makes a single template. One Marc’s single template, one side is used for the back end’s and the other side is used for the sides. The reason Darrell uses two separate templates is that he makes the fingers 1/64” smaller their corresponding mating holes. Thi...

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Part 4: Final preparations

12-26-2014 02:03 PM by Ottacat | 0 comments »

Before starting this project, I want to ensure that I am fully prepared.-am I familiar with all the different techniques to build the chest?-what lumber do I need – which rough thicknesses and approximate number of board feet?-what tools do I need? As both a blanket chest and a piece of Greene and Greene furniture there are a variety of familiar and new woodworking techniques. These include:-creating large panels by glueing up multiple boards-creating a template for the finger joints...

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Part 5: The sides, part I

12-29-2014 05:56 PM by Ottacat | 2 comments »

One of the aspect’s of Marc Spagnuolo’s guild videos that I like is his discussions of board selection for projects. He always gives a good discussion regarding choosing boards of similar colour and the important consideration of grain direction and appearance. In his blanket chest he made the effort to have a three-side grain match. After seeing his completed chest as well as various pictures of Darrell’s chests I decided this wasn’t really that noticeable. Thus I did...

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Part 6: Sides part II and an oops...

01-02-2015 03:42 PM by Ottacat | 1 comment »

After using the template to route out the fingers it was now time to put on the 1/8” roundover. For me it was a lot easier to use the router table for this step. The edges of the fingers also needed to be rounded over. This could have been done with a rasp or small sanding block but I decided to just stand the board up on end on the router table and do it there. Even the longer 41” or so sides weren’t difficult to hold during this operation. Next came plenty of...

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Part 7: Base part I

01-17-2015 04:20 PM by Ottacat | 0 comments »

A False Start When I went to the lumber store to buy the 5/4 wood for the top and base I made the mistake of not bringing the plans or dimensions. I ended up making my best guess. When I got home and laid everything out I realized that had bought only enough that I had no margin for error. The base is 3” high and I had so little wood that I needed to be able to get all four parts of the base from a single board. My widest board was only about 6 1/4” wide. I hoped that after ...

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