Greene & Greene Blanket Chest

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Project by WoodScrap posted 08-15-2015 07:41 PM 10407 views 25 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished a Greene & Greene Style Blanket Chest, designed by Darrell Peart and featured in the December 2014 Fine Woodworking Magazine (#243). I used Sapele Ribbon Stripe (African Mahogany) with Ebony ascents. It is a fairly large Blanket Chest at 45Lx22Wx16H, but now having it now complete I think the proportions are spot on. I can honestly say I have never sanded so much on one project in my woodworking career. A couple of coats of Danish Oil finished it off. I did have a small panic attach last weekend when I applied paste wax and the results were extremely poor. Luckily I turned to my fellow LumberJocks for advice and with a lot more fussing now have it fixed to where I can live with it (no one except you guys and me would probably ever notice the inconsistent application). Thank you to everyone who offer suggestions on the post.

This was my first attempt at G&G Style and although challenging I have always been drawn by the style.
This is a wedding gift for my Son and soon to be Daughter In-Law and I am driving it to Alexandria next weekend as a surprise. Pretty confident they don’t frequent this site so should be safe in posting early. Overall I am pretty satisfied. I am always my biggest critic and happy not everyone see my mistakes (my “fingerprints” in each build).

Thanks for looking. Great design Mr. Peart!


-- Rick -Tulsa

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#1 posted 08-15-2015 08:13 PM

Great execution Mr. Rick.

I hope waxing turned out well.


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#2 posted 08-15-2015 10:19 PM

Excellent! Love the ribbon grain Sapele and the round fingers.

-- Gary, Florida

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#3 posted 08-15-2015 11:14 PM

That is one wide board. Very nicely done.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 08-16-2015 12:49 AM

Great looking blanket chest! I love the G&G style, and you nailed all the details. I’m not a big fan of wax over Danish oil—I like to bring the wood alive a bit with the Danish oil, then finish with semi-gloss wiping varnish.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 08-16-2015 12:57 AM

Great looking chest, very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 08-16-2015 02:21 AM

Very nice chest. I love the look of Sapele … especially when finished with Danish Oil.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 08-16-2015 11:13 AM

Your project moved me to locate the FW magazine and re-look at the article. There’s a lot of work to this chest. You did a fabulous job!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 08-16-2015 11:53 AM

First attempt?/! You nailed it from detail to finish. Now you have to go back to FW for the article on G&G bed to place this chest at the foot.

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#9 posted 08-16-2015 01:14 PM

nice looking chest

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Darrell Peart

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#10 posted 08-16-2015 01:16 PM

Very Well Done!

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#11 posted 08-16-2015 01:42 PM

Rick, this is a real beauty and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 08-16-2015 04:05 PM

This is BEAUTIFUL, but you already knew that. So, let’s try again: FANTASTIK!

-- Noel

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#13 posted 08-16-2015 04:15 PM

Great looking chest, very nicely done. The ribbon sapele is beautiful wood. I have a stash of it for my grandkids chests. Thanks for posting.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#14 posted 08-16-2015 06:06 PM

Great looking material and fantastic build. I love working with Sapele. I’m sure that will be in the family for generations to come. Well done!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#15 posted 08-16-2015 11:09 PM

Great G&G chest. Excellent work.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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