Douglas Fir & Cherry Blanket box

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Project by jc066 posted 03-27-2009 07:56 AM 6766 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a local hardwood floor store that usually throws out a fair bit of off cuts and pices that won’y make good flooring. It all goes into there firewood bin. I salvaged most of the wood in this project.

Front and back are douglas fir while the sides and a mix of fir and cherry. The top is all cherry. After gluing I put it in my window for about 10 days just so the UV rays would give the cherry and nice tan before oiling and finishing.

The base is a mix of both Eastern and Western Red Cedar, I had some of both so put it to use. This is all held together with miller 1X dowels, walnut on the more visual wood and birch for the base. The trim of the top is both Doug Fir and E. Red Cedar.

All it finished with a coat of clear stain oil and glossy polyurethane

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 08:23 AM

Very nice blanket box/chest.
Did you re-dimensioned the flooring wood or used as it is?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-27-2009 02:56 PM

Very cool. I bet it smells nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-27-2009 05:04 PM

Cool I like the contrast with the plugs.



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#4 posted 03-27-2009 05:13 PM

Most of the wood that I got had one true edge, and one that was right form the mill. I used a power hand planer to take it down to proper dimensional lumber then glued them together. Afterwards I took it through another power planer, simply to lighten up the box. 1 inch lumber can get a bit heavy, but 3/4 is not to bad

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 09:20 PM

Great job. Nice use of the salvaged wood.

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#6 posted 09-04-2010 12:21 AM

Right on! Cool box… I have a hardwood floor place near my shop, gonna have to start checking them out on Friday evenings! Thanks for the ideas.

-- GX

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#7 posted 12-17-2013 01:49 PM

What oil and finish did you use? I am making a reclaimed Douglas fir and cherry tea-box.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 03:37 AM

many apologies for not getting back to your post sooner. i used polyurethane glossy and it has turned out great

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