Pine blanket chest

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Project by GSwoodworker posted 07-20-2009 05:24 AM 1967 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made from old barn rafters that fell down. I was hoping to get more wood fron the barn, like 6” x 6” beams but they were not in good shape and ever 2”’ someone had drove a nail or a screw to hang up something. So I took the horizontal memers of the rafters and cut them up and halled them home cleaned them up and turned out pretty good. When machining this wood I could still smell the farm animals. The grain on this old pine is so tight and the color can’t be beat. This was my first project to hand cut dovetails. It took me 2 hours to do each corner (no laughing at me please). But I took my time and really tried to understand the doveatail cutting process. The finish I used was a stain poly combination which I will NEVER use again!! When I applied the 2nd coat it lossened up the first coat and ran as you can see in the last picture inside the chest which I wil cover up with cedar someday. It took hours to brush out the runs on the outside and try to even it out. I still have not decided if it needs and hardware. I was thinking black iron handles on the sides. Anyone suggestions would be great.

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#1 posted 07-20-2009 05:36 AM

Looks good from here. A couple hours per corner sounds good to me. If you’re in a hurry, better get a jig :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-20-2009 07:23 AM

You did an excellent job of selecting the wood for the top…it almost looks like 1 piece…and matching that way is often very tough.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 07-20-2009 12:10 PM

A beautiful chest and you did an awesome job on the dovetails. The runs are minor, hardly noticable. We are our own worst critic. The only guy you gotta please is the man in the mirror.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 07-20-2009 02:51 PM

Always a fan of recycling old lumber. The chest is beautiful and awesome job on the dovetails.

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#5 posted 07-20-2009 03:48 PM

Very attractive chest good save on some great wood,well done.


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#6 posted 07-20-2009 09:53 PM

Awesome especially for your first time hand dovetails great job. Black iron hardware would look good but it’s all a personal touch I think it’s perfect the way it is…

-- David '65

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#7 posted 07-21-2009 01:55 AM

Really great piece. Only 2 hours per corner? I’d suggest you slow down a little.

I wouldn’t add hardware… doesn’t need any.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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