Another Wedding, another Blanket Chest

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Project by MrHudon posted 08-01-2010 06:58 PM 1694 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built from Poplar, and keeping with the spirit of the “old design” I built it the old way with a combination of hand and power tools. I used square nails to fasten the front and back to avoid wood movment issues. Hand scraped the entire thing, then stained and shellaced it .The bride and groom want to use the drawer for file storage, so keeping with the spirit of “modern storage” I did put runners on the drawers.
Thanks for looking

-- Mark,

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 07:50 PM

A keep sake for sure and looks great!
Question, how does square nails allow for wood movement?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 07:52 PM

Just how many blankets did you design that for? It looks big. Nicely done job. I really like your Tea Caddy design, havent seen anything quite like it before.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 09:46 PM

Nice blanket chest good way to keep the past alive….........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 02:22 PM

The grain of the wood on the sides is vertical and the grain on the front and back is horizontal. If I had glued and or jointed these together something surely would have cracked with the seasonal expansion of the wood. Nails, round or square have just enough give to allow the wood to move without cracking. The square nails are more traditional and I think they will hold better over the long haul.

Richard, the overall dimensions are approx 16×36 x 36 the drawer is about 12” deep

tthanks all

-- Mark,

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