Solid Oak and Walnut Blanket Chest Made for My Cousin For her Wedding

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Project by Jace McDaniel posted 04-24-2017 12:29 PM 4575 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my very first blanket chest/storage chest build to do. My little cousin is getting married this year so my aunt asked if i could make her one and of course i wouldn’t turn down the opportunity!(quick side note, So i do about 90% of my work with hand tools only, i do all the milling and and joinery and basically everything other than long board rips, then i use a table saw…just thought this was important for you to know in this part of the story) So yeah…normally on a project like this made with solid Oak and Walnut, and all made by hand, and what I’m most proud of is this is my first piece of furniture that i designed on my own. rather simple design but i didn’t copy someone elses work and that was rewarding…..but anyways back on topic, so yeah normally with this being a custom piece i would have made a pretty decent commission, just given the amount of time and work that went into it, along with the beautiful wood that was used. But being that it was for my cousin, i told my aunt that if she just purchased the lumber, at my cost, i wouldn’t charge her a penny more fore the chest. I felt like that was the right thing to do, although it did take away any time that i could have spent making other small projects for a liitltle income as well for about a month, I made it through and the amount of joy it brought to see how much they took to it after they came to pick it up was amazing and worth every bit of time and work that was put into it. theres nothing more satisfying than to be able to give someone something that they aren’t necesarilly expecting to receive.

Heres how it was built

The final demensions were 21” tall x 43” long x 19” deep
Made with Red oak and walnut breadboard ends

The corner leg supports were a cut with a taper from a 8/4 stick of Red oak, then i chopped mortise in 2 sides of the legs to join the panels that i had glued up. on each end of the panels that i had made i had cut a long tenon to fit the mortises for the legs. In the panels, i cut a grove near the bottom and added a strip of wood around the entire interior so that the bottom would have something to hold it in place, and then i put it together and took my measurments for the lid, and made another Oak panel, only these i cut the tenons for breadboard ends, and hand planed the walnut end pieces to the final size and mortised in the matching breadboard tenons that i had cut on the panel, and once i finally got it all chopped out to fit and put together, i added the dowels into the breadboard ends to strengthen it up and also give it a little added detail to contrast with the walnut with oak dowels…and then here she was ! it was a fun project. i look forward to designing more of my own pieces in the future, but the moral of this story is you don’t always have to profit on every large project in dollars, sometimes profiting off of the joy of being able to use your skill to give someone else that emmense joy and appreciation is the greatest profit you can ever get for the soul. Thank you for taking time to read and look at this if you made it this far!

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 01:59 PM

projects are always nicer when made FOR someone and even nicer when you care for that someone

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 04-24-2017 02:51 PM

Looks great. Only issue is now everyone will want you to make them one :)

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 12:31 AM

I love the way you accented it with the walnut. Beautiful job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 03-27-2018 01:49 PM

thanks for the detail, love it

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