sapele and copper blanket chest

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Project by Sundowner posted 05-31-2017 12:02 PM 3552 views 16 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a while ago I started building small blanket chests as gifts or for charity raffles and I’ve been riffing off that original design for a while. I made this one bigger than usual – its 17” tall so it can be comfortably sat upon by an adult and has enough room inside for a thick king comforter.

the top and frame are sapele M&T framework with a crap ton of bandsawn curves added to the posts and frame. the top is solid sapele with G&G inspired breadboards. At the size of the chest, the infill panels are too big to pass through anything smaller than a 15” planer, which I don’t have. so in a fit of laziness, I decided to make the panels as ply build-ups. when I dumpster-dove into my scrap pile, I had a lot of cedar, some hard board, and half a roll of patina’d copper sheet from an older kitchen island top project. so the panels are 1/2” thick built-up sections of copper bonded to an 1/8” hardboard substrate, and then stacked with 3/8” cedar for the inside faces.

finished just in time. poly won’t even be dry when it hits the raffle table.

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#1 posted 05-31-2017 12:26 PM

Beautiful – material mix, design, execution all well done. Did you treat the copper with anything?

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#2 posted 05-31-2017 12:58 PM

Beautiful! That’ll bring in some money at the raffle for sure. I particularly like the subtle curves on the rails between the panels. Also the contrasting breadboards that sit proud of the top.

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#3 posted 05-31-2017 01:25 PM

Love the design. Very nice combination of materials and color. Should be a winner at raffle.

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#4 posted 05-31-2017 01:31 PM

Beautiful – material mix, design, execution all well done. Did you treat the copper with anything?

- OnhillWW

I got it pre treated from they have a bunch of different patinas

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#5 posted 05-31-2017 01:34 PM

Excellent design and build beautiful.


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#6 posted 05-31-2017 03:09 PM

Yes! that is a beautiful build. Congrats on such a nice piece.

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#7 posted 05-31-2017 03:24 PM


-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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#8 posted 05-31-2017 03:26 PM

That one is too nice to sell. Very nice design with great use of curves and pleasing shapes. The copper just takes it over the top. It’s actually stunning.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 05-31-2017 03:30 PM

Very cool, and nice lines.

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#10 posted 05-31-2017 03:51 PM

My favorite accent metal!

Love that combo of copper and wood, some raffle winner will be very happy.

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#11 posted 05-31-2017 04:59 PM

What an outstanding blanket chest and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 05-31-2017 05:53 PM

Beautiful chest, great design and workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 05-31-2017 06:31 PM

Beautiful! Nice work!

-- Paul Mayer,

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#14 posted 05-31-2017 06:49 PM

Really nice design with the subtle curves. The metal/wood combination is really nice too. Good luck at the raffle, but you won’t need it—this piece will make some lucky person very happy.

-- Ron Stewart

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#15 posted 05-31-2017 11:02 PM

Good looking chest!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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