G&J (Gary and Janet) Blanket Chest

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Project by Gary2 posted 11-19-2010 06:12 PM 2306 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Blanket chest is of the Pennsylvania form with two lower drawers, faux through tenons with full extension sliders allowing full use of the drawer. Interesting project on which I learned a lot and hopefully the next one is better.

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#1 posted 11-19-2010 06:25 PM

that is a nice looking trunk, I would like to read some more on the design you used, and your construction process. what are the dimensions?
great project

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#2 posted 11-19-2010 06:49 PM

The chest is 16” deep, 24” tall, and 43” wide. I started out working toward an arts & crafts/ Greene and Greene style but wanted the two lower drawers which we wanted to be easily operable. The design morphed into one which is arts & crafts for sure, but with strong asian and southwestern influences. All mortise and tennon construction. Drawers are dowelled. The floor of the chest is removable and is aromatic Tennessee cedar.

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#3 posted 11-19-2010 07:07 PM

Gorgeous – I like the Greene and Greene style with the cloud lifts.
What is the wood for the 3 front floating panels?

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#4 posted 11-19-2010 07:28 PM

It’s a lovely piece for sure.

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#5 posted 11-19-2010 07:45 PM

It is all mahogany from one piece and resawn etc. The panels are mahogany plywood and it is fully paneled. I did not post a picture of the back, but it is just like the front but without drawers. It is actually somwhat darker than is apparent in the images – light, camera, whatever.

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#6 posted 11-19-2010 08:19 PM

Had to laugh at the name you gave it , cleaver! Very nice, came out well should last forever.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 11-20-2010 03:35 AM

Beautiful design and excellent completion!!


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#8 posted 11-20-2010 06:08 AM

Very nice! The front makes me think of a stage with the curtain about to open. Interesting effect.

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#9 posted 11-21-2010 09:43 AM

I really like your interpretation of Greene and Greene. Nice cloud lifts. Would be right at home in the Gamble house.

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#10 posted 12-11-2010 06:19 PM

How heavy is it? I will be building on but will need to ship it and am wondering how much shipping will cost.

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#11 posted 12-11-2010 09:45 PM

Because it is frame and panel, the weight is far lower than it might have been. The drawers add some weight becuase they are made from 3/4 soft maple with full extension slides, and a 3/4 finish front with the detail. The floor is 3/4 thick. So it definitely could be lightened if that is an issue.

Good luck.

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