Mahogany and tiger maple blanket/toy chest

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Project by Julian posted 03-02-2009 02:37 AM 14045 views 34 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was the latest on the honey-do list. I built this as a toybox for my daughter Cecilia. The chest was built using African mahogany and tiger maple. I decided to put the new 1 1/2 hp motor in thew bandsaw to the test so I bookmatched all of the panels, including the top ands bottom. I used shellac to seal the wood followed by a laquer topcoat, then buffed it out with paste wax and #0000 steel wool to dull the gloss a bit. This was my first attempt at pegged breadboard ends, and they turned out pretty good. I used bloodwood for the square pegs to match the accents of the rest of the furniture I built for the room. All in all I this was a very fun project to build. I just love the contrast of maple and mahogany!

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#1 posted 03-02-2009 02:40 AM

This is very beautiful toybox. I like the combination of wood and color.
Great job Julian.

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#2 posted 03-02-2009 02:46 AM

That is really beautiful.

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#3 posted 03-02-2009 02:57 AM

wow this is just beautiful!!!

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#4 posted 03-02-2009 03:05 AM

Great looking piece, your daughter should treasure this forever.

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#5 posted 03-02-2009 03:45 AM

Great work on this chest. I especially like how the inside bottom mirrors the top. Great design detail. keep up the good work!

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#6 posted 03-02-2009 03:46 AM

I say don’t put toys in it. It is way too nice! This is something she will always cherish.

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#7 posted 03-02-2009 04:08 AM

Not your average toy box, that’s for sure!!! Beautiful job!

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#8 posted 03-02-2009 05:28 AM

The only thing I can think to say is that is beautiful. I love your choices of wood.

Keep up the good work, and keep sharing.

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#9 posted 03-02-2009 05:42 AM

beautiful chest.

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#10 posted 03-27-2009 11:52 PM

beautiful. I wish I could see it in person.

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#11 posted 04-02-2009 07:11 PM

Nice, what was your source for the lid support, I keep breaking them on a similar chest that I made.
The ones in your photo look better than what I have found.

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#12 posted 04-02-2009 07:55 PM

One sweet looking chest.Alistair

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#13 posted 05-22-2009 04:16 AM

was looking through on some of the projects and came across yours, very nice job indeed…i am a fan of useing contrasting woods…i guess ive seen to many red neck things , where when you started to say somthing about the 1 1/2 horse power motor…i thought it was going to be a motor attached to the glad it was for the band saw….again very nice work..grizzman

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#15 posted 08-19-2017 10:36 PM

Yes, this is beautiful, in one way. In another, it brings forth the horrors associated with the logging of the dwindling primary rainforests in west Africa. Having seen the destruction first-hand, I can assure you, it is quite ugly.

Given the gorgeous woods available from sustainable domestic cutting — things like pear and walnut come to mind — why participate in the massive destruction that is precipitated by loggers in the tropics. Estimates are that the majority of logging in west African countries is done illegally. And I can tell you first-hand that the impact on local villagers is horrendous.

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