Blanket Chest Project #15: Day 17..time for a PIP?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-22-2020 04:11 PM 483 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…getting the lid attached was the tricky part….case was still sitting up on the tablesaw

This was from before the stain AND varnish had been done….used the rip fence from the tablesaw to prop the lid in place, with one clamp on the lid, and a second clamp from the fence down to the far edge of the chest,,,so things didn’t move around while I used the VIX bit….then drove each screw in place….

Then stood the chest up on it’s own 4 feet, on the tablesaw ( for now) applied a coat of stain, wiped the stain down, and later, add a coat of BLO….let that smelly stuff sit a day…and then wiped it down…..

Yesterday, decided I needed a bit more elbow room….had the underside of the lid to stain, and see about adding the cedar floor….and take some better pictures……moved things out of the way a bit…

There was quite a bit of “trash” to clean out..

About filled the scrap bin up..

get a nice dry calm evening, this will be headed for the fire pit…floor was clean!

Until I slid the tablesaw back into it’s new home, for now..

had to sweep up..again. Placed the Blanket Chest to where I could work on it…

Already “looks old”, doesn’t it. While waiting to stain the outside of the chest the other day, I added a “backstop”

Keeps the lid from tilting too far back…

Tested out the lid prop…after the lid’s underside had been stained…

Older hope chests had this feature..the old 6 board ones would have a small storage box at one end, and the lid would pivot up to prop the lid open. usually, that would use a pin in the end of the lid as a hinge…..I chose a metal version of the hinge.

keeps the main lid from slamming back down on your fingers…IF you remember to set the prop…
Mitersaw, the cordless style, was used to trim cedar planks to llength..

needed 4 planks…the last one got planed for width….beads of glue to tack them in place..

one small screw to hold things, while the glue set….

have since gone out, and bought another brush for the varnish….gives me one per coat…and a pair of black metal handles for the ends of the chest….once the varnish is done…...waiting on the dust to settle in the shop, before the first of at least 2 coats of clear gloss poly goes on….


Bought a pair of these…..will see how they’ll look on a larger sized chest….

Stay tuned…

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

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