Cherry Toy Chest That Turned Into an Heirloom Blanket Chest

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Project by John posted 02-20-2015 07:03 PM 1567 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project took two years to build because my mom got really sick. It was very satisfying to get this project done and give it to our Nephew this past Christmas. I used the cove cutting on the table saw technique for the first time to make the ogee bracket feet. I did the inlay a little different this time and I got it in without breaking it. I laminated four layers of black dyed veneer with the grain at 90 degree angles for stability. I cut the whole inlay out in one piece instead of making smaller pieces. The exterior finish is satin waterlox, while the interior was shellac.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 10:05 PM

Beautiful work John, I love the cherry and the inlay work is very well done.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 11:03 PM

Extremely nice build, John. I love the bracket feet and the dovetails. I’m a big fan of both and even a bigger fan when they are utilized on the same piece. You did an outstanding job with the build and inlay….an heirloom piece for sure. Congratulations on the build and thank you so much for postings!

Can you share the size of the chest?

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 02:05 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I can’t remember what the dimensions are but it’s large. Maybe I can find the dimensions in my notes when I get home from taking care of my mom.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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