Hope or Blanket Chest

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Project by wuddoc posted 01-24-2018 02:39 AM 1689 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an African Cherry (Makore) Hope / Blanket chest lined with 5/16” thick Tongue & Groove Aromatic Cedar closet liner. Plans came from Woodcraft #FD-162 item #151551. Makore was purchased from now closed exotic lumber dealer in N.E. Alabama. Closet liner came from Home Depot. Hardware came from Rockler and Woodworkers Hardware. 3/8” Brass rod and 1/16” x 1/2” PSA White felt came from McMaster-Carr. The 2” Casters came from HF. Two coats of Homer Formby’s Gloss Tung oil finish were applied.

The Makore started out as two 8/4×18” x 7’ rough slabs. We created a cut list of all parts and grouped them by thickness, width and length. This helped in determining where to rip and crosscut the 8/4 slabs and have manageable sizes. The slabs then were cut to width and length depending on chalk part layout on each board.

Keep in mind this was 8/4 stock and we intended to resaw and obtain two 3/4” thick boards from each piece of 8/4. Since we would lose our chalk outlines during the planing process we sketched the part layout of each board and color coded the sketch then painted the end of each board a color corresponding to the sketch.

After jointing and surfacing (S3S) to a hit and miss thickness were 85+% of the 8/4 was planed smooth we used our 17” 5HP bandsaw with a power feeder, a Lenox Carbide Resaw Blade and a Lenox tension gauge to split the 8/4 boards. We ended up with 15/16” to 17/16” thick boards.

Once the boards were resawed we fed them through our widebelt sander starting with 60 grit and progressing to 150 grit and a final thickness of 3/4”.

Finally we had our wood ready to cut, shape, join, groove, and mortise all the parts. We used heated hide glue to join all the parts.

The raised panels pieces were joined with lemon biscuits and were slightly oversized to allow squaring each panel prior to feeding the panels through the shaper.

The aromatic cedar closet lining was attached to the top and carcass interior with hide glue and composite nails then weights were applied for 24 hours. The mortise joints were glued but brass rod was used to lock the tenon and mortise joints and also used as a decorative design feature.

Since this was for my niece her name was lasered into a section of the aromatic cedar under the top.

-- Wuddoc

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#1 posted 01-24-2018 10:45 AM

Very nice! A family heirloom! You did a GREAT job there!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 01-24-2018 12:42 PM

That’s a nice chest. You put a lot of work in on this and it shows.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 01-24-2018 02:28 PM

wow! This chest is so beautiful and nicely done. It shows a lot of fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 01-24-2018 04:17 PM

Great Job! Something she will have forever.

-- SATISFACTION = a large pile of sawdust and a great finish when the job is done

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#5 posted 01-24-2018 04:57 PM

Lovely Chest. Very well done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 01-24-2018 11:10 PM

Very nice work guys

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#7 posted 01-25-2018 02:11 AM

Wow, all the detail is impressive (the furniture base, the brass accents, the raised panels…. this is what a chest should be. Great work thanks for the detail on the assembly.

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#8 posted 01-26-2018 02:51 AM

Beautiful work!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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