Blanket Chest

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Project by AtlanticMichael posted 05-26-2019 09:18 PM 790 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blanket chest I made after seeing one I really liked on LumberJocks made by Wayne of Snowy River (project #67341). This is my first major project.

It measures 42” wide X 21 1/2” X 23” high. The wood is birds eye maple, curly maple, quarter sawn maple (lid), and hard maple. All the joints are mortise and tenon, and the top tenons are haunched. The floor is tongue and groove aromatic cedar set in a dado.

The finish is two applications of J.E. Moser water-based honey amber maple dye, followed by Watco Danish Oil (Natural) and four coats of General Finish Arm-R-Seal Oil Polyurethane, Neutral, Semi-Gloss. The third coat is sanded to 2000 grit, fourth/final coat not sanded. I applied the finish to the frame before glue-up. The raised panels were glued and finished long before the frame and lid were done.

I may put on a lock escutcheon later.

I built the chest at the Univ. of New Hampshire wood working shop. Never having attempted a project like this, I needed all the help I could get. I contacted Wayne of Snowy River in MN who provided all kinds of expertise, encouraged me and answered any questions I threw his way through the whole long process. Pretty great for a guy who’s never met me. A shout out to Wayne!

Atlantic Michael

-- Michael Frandzel

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#1 posted 05-27-2019 06:44 AM

Great opening project. Joinery is and design is spot on.

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 05-27-2019 11:11 AM

The finish is spectacular – very nice work! The water based aniline dye you used is the only way to go for figured maple, it really allows the wood to show off with clarity.

Also, a very cool and unique beveled design for the front leg. . .

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#3 posted 05-27-2019 04:08 PM

Beautiful job Michael. Your skill and persistence paid off. I love the color. A great heirloom for sure!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 05-27-2019 09:56 PM

Wow, Michael! If that’s your first big project. Your going to have a very hard time trying to improve on it. You did an amazing job.

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#5 posted 06-04-2019 12:25 AM

Thanks all for the compliments and supportive comments. Much appreciated

-- Michael Frandzel

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