Pine and Purple Heart Blanket Chest

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Project by msurvilo posted 12-17-2015 05:31 PM 2000 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blanket chest I made copied from the Norm Abrams design. I made it because I was extremely excited to get rid of a huge amount of pine I had collected and was very excited about my new pair tongue and grove router bits I had recently bought.

The whole thing is tongue and grove including the corners and the inset strips on the lid. During the long piecewise glueup of the lid it was VERY hard to keep it all flat and level, luckily the tongue and groove made it a little easier. I made a possible mistake and glued my breadboard ends onto my endgrain pine boards. I guess as long as I don’t move from CA to a more dry place all should be well for some time.

I was originally planning on making the entire chest from pine but ran out and decided it might be a good time to use up some of my purple heart. (Any other purple heart uses are welcome in the comments-other than cutting boards ;) )

I used liquid nails and a small pinner to glue/nail down the cedar onto the piece of plywood. The plywood was subsequently attached to the sides with small screw in cleats.

I finished the box with one coat of dewaxed blonde shellac, followed up by enough coats of rub on poly to make it smooth. (probably 4 or so) Lets just say I don’t often work in dust free environments…

Thanks for looking!

-- Matt, California.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 05:39 PM

I like the contrast between the purple heart and pine. You may get away with gluing the bread board to the end grain but sometimes seeing check crack here and there are just reminders of our learning experience. I have a few items with checks in them laying around the house, I turn them into conversation if someone asks about it.
Over all nice work on you chest and nice design! Love it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 07:24 PM

Beautiful colour of top. It’s realy big and useful strorage for blankets.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 09:13 PM

very nice

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#4 posted 12-18-2015 01:39 AM

Purpleheart and maple are a great contrast. Check out the DVD “bookcase” project I posted a few weeks back for an example. It looks good with pine also.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 05:57 AM

Great job on the chest. I have weakness for contrasting wood.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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