Cherry Blanket chest

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Thanks to my son for a short move back home and a chance to photograph his blanket chest I made him
5 years ago. short sighted on my part, photograph more work….
This is a redesign of Norm Abrams chest. Smaller and a different base. size top 39 by 18. box 36 by 16 H by 15 wide lower base 38 by 18. legs 2.5 high by 6 inch with corner blocks. piano hinge.
Breadboard edge and tongue and groove frame and panels gave Norms chest in pine a distinct look but it was too big for my needs. find his plans and how he did it in his book and still on utube. I was so unsure of the look I sketched this on butcher paper …3inch frames and 3 inch center and 36 total width. But the visual did more than was it proportional it really gave me the true measurements of all the pieces and how to allow for the tongue and groove. sketchup wasn’t there and good old pencil paper was great. I did not do the shaker flat panels like Norm but have a vertical raised panel bit for the router and there are 6 panels altogether so I did a few practice cuts and then did them. I had done a few raised panels on the table saw and the router table this way and I like the wavy edge..its easy to increment the fence back to increase the cut. the finish I used was tung oil which really gives the cherry a burst of red and then I guessed it would be a coffee table so I gave the top 3 coats of wax…I was wrong it held clothes. But it is coffee table height. The breadboard edge was the most challenging for me with getting enough wood centered, since using 3/4 that only allows a 1/4 inch on each side I remember doing a bit of swearing here and there. but the haunch conceals the front nicely as it should.
thanks Bill

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#1 posted 06-03-2015 05:14 PM

Nice piece!

If your son and his furniture are still visiting, could you take a few more pictures? I would like to see the top and ends and insides.

Is the top flat, like a table – joined up boards or does it have panels too?


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 06-03-2015 11:33 PM

I will try to get photos. the top is flat with breadboard ends 3 inch so the groove is on the ends. tongue on the long glued up top. inside are flat backs of the raised panels which like all float so that was so dry fitting for not too snug or too loose. The danish oil really is great on the cherry and just bursts the color. for the plans go to utube and find any site—theres a couple showing Norm Abrams making a blanket chest in his early episodes. very easy to follow for the corners and tongue and But his book has the details and steps and is at most barnes and nobles or some used stores now..the chest is on the cover…worth the few dollars.. I reduced the size but used the tongue and groove corner joints and raised panels. good skill developer and set up. few tools.

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#3 posted 06-28-2015 09:04 PM

Nice job! I remember this project being one that Norm discussed in the infamous Fine Woodworking article. So many serious “fine woodworkers” were offended by Norm, a carpenter, being featured on the cover. The article was great and he acknowledged what so many cabinetmakers knew about many the projects in his first book; he didn’t understand or fully account for wood movement. He had since learned the folly of his ways. A buddy of mine built over a dozen of this using the dimensions shown in Norms “Mostly Shaker” book, and it didn’t take too many years before he started hearing back from people who were experiencing joinery failures. Hopefully you accounted to this in your build and that you family will have this to enjoy and remember you with long into the future. Scott

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 02:10 PM

This blanket chest turned out nicely. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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