Blanket Chest

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Project by JB posted 01-06-2010 12:38 AM 2902 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this with the help of Thomas J MacDonald’s videos aka “T-Chisel” of Major League Woodworking. If you have not checked out his sight it is well worth the trip over. I started watching his podcasts and and go hooked on them. My wife wanted a blanket chest for Christmas and he had a great design and instruction.

The project has been a bit of a departure from the kayak building and requires a complete different set of skills and tools. It was fun and has expanded my range as a woodworker. Makes me want to build another one to correct my errors and perfect my techniques.

Carving was done with an 1/8” chisel, an Exacto knife and a Bosh Colt router. I really need some carving tools I found I really got into the carving and with the right tools I think it would really be something I would like to get into.

Thanks for checking it out.

-- JB

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 01:10 AM

Very pretty. It looks at least as good as his.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 01:21 AM

It’s a beauty! How long did it take you to do each carved panel?

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 01:35 AM

Took about 3 or four hours for each one. It is not real difficult carving. Tommy’s video shows how to do it. The results make it look a lot harder than it really is. I kinda like that : )

-- JB

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 01:45 AM

Nice job on the Pilgrim Blanket Chest project! Its especially nice to see one made out of Mahogany.. You’ll have to let us know what you would do differently on your next one.
Thanks for posting pictures

-- Scott, Colorado

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 01:52 AM

Very nice chest. Great job on the carving.

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 02:11 AM

T Mac would be proud are you going to do the Bombe next? The carvings looks great. well worth the extra 9 hours.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 02:15 AM

Things I would do different would include making the posts (legs) flush with the rails. Get some carving tools so I could do a better carving job. Do a better job dementioning my stock so that when I cut my panel slots I would not have fitting problems that seemed to take forever to correct. And buy more lumber for a better selection for matching wood and correct mistakes if….well…when needed. I also would change dimpling tools. The one I made was a little large and crushed the wood instead on marking it. I fixed it with a lot of sanding but did not get exactly the effect I was looking for.

Many of the things I would do would involve technique that would not change the finished project much but would greatly increase the efficiency of the build. I have I can get some near professional results in projects but the difference is a pro could do the same thing in less than half the time and effort.

-- JB

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 02:16 AM

Very nice! The pegs are a nice touch.


-- "Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another." -Anatole France

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 02:17 AM

I think a Bombe is still a few projects off : ) I will strive to get there one of these days.

-- JB

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 05:43 AM

Very Nice job. The carving looks great

-- Duane, Ohio

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#11 posted 01-06-2010 11:23 PM

That turned out great.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#12 posted 01-07-2010 12:03 AM

great chest
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#13 posted 03-19-2010 11:25 AM


You did an outstanding job building your blanket chest. Really, it’s one of the best renditions of T’s Pilgrim Blanket chest that I’ve seen posted. Now it’s time for you to build and document both the Step Stool and Toll Box projects.

PS.. Hope you are enjoying that gorgeous Kayak too.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#14 posted 03-30-2010 02:52 AM

Great work! I like the mahogany, too. It’s the first one I’ve seen like that. It’s really impressive that you did the carving with such basic tools. Good job critiquing yourself as well. That will serve you well for future builds and get your efficiency right up there with your quality.


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#15 posted 11-27-2010 06:22 PM

GReat work. amazing. I cant believe your part time. This is a nice piece and thanks for sharing.

-- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed", John 8:36

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