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Téa's Pennsylvania Blanket Chest

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Project by cracknpop posted 11-28-2020 04:40 PM 766 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been making hope chest/foot lockers for my nieces and nephews graduation gifts. My niece Téa is a junior world champion in gaited horse show competitions. Therefore, I chose a classic, traditional design for her, a Pennsylvania Blanket Chest. It is patterned from Glen Huey’s blanket chest detailed in the August 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking.
I used cherry except for bottom of chest and drawers. Followed Charles Neil’s Blotch Control directions followed by General Finishes Vintage Cherry dye stain. Top coated with satin lacquer, lightly scuffed then hand rubbed out with past wax.

This was the first time I tried using dye stain.
Ran into an issue staining the top, I missed a drip when I stained the underside of the top.

To correct it, I sprayed a coat of lacquer sealer on the top. Trimmed less than an 1/8” off the end and ran it through the router again. Had to sand off just a little bit extra.

Then followed same finishing schedule on the end, CN blotch control, dye stain, lacquer. By God’s grace, it is barely noticeable. (Sigh of relief)

This project stretched me a bit. I learned alot. My niece, Téa loves it.
As always, your feedback including constructive criticism is appreciated.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.





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Andre

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#1 posted 11-28-2020 05:23 PM

Beautiful chest, but noticed the drawers not Dove Tailed? What gives:) Sure hope all the locks are keyed the same!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 11-29-2020 12:32 AM

Truly stunning! No doubt it will be a treasured heirloom through the generations.

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cracknpop

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 01:01 AM



Beautiful chest, but noticed the drawers not Dove Tailed? What gives:) Sure hope all the locks are keyed the same!

- Andre

Dovetail skills still improving. Perhaps I will attempt dovetail drawers on the next one. Yes, all locks keyed the same.
Thanks

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#4 posted 11-29-2020 11:23 AM

That is a family heirloom. Well done.

-- Petey

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#5 posted 12-27-2020 03:37 AM

Fabulous job. The dovetail case is just beautiful. I love the finish too.
I use Charles Neil Blotch Control frequently on my projects. It really works great. ...we are all going to miss him and his contributions to woodworking…

-- AJ

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OzarkSawdust

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#6 posted 01-04-2021 08:26 PM

Beautiful chest! I’ve got sever on my “to do” list. Maybe I’ll get started on them this winter after seeing yours.

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