Mesquite Blanket Chest with Greene and Greene details

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Project by TucsonTim posted 03-20-2021 07:42 PM 1486 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJ’s. Hope everyone is doing OK out there…

I’m currently working on a furniture set for our master bedroom. My wife loves rustic, but with lots of detail. I like all things Arts and Crafts, especially Greene and Greene. So, we’ve decided to combine Mesquite lumber with G&G accents. We like the combination and this is the 3rd piece (of 7) now complete. I’ve also got the two nightstands finished (I posted the first one last year).

So, here’s the details – Solid wood, frame and panel construction with loose tenon joinery. It’s 21 inches tall and the top measures 47 by 18.5. It has a removable aromatic cedar bottom. The finish is simple – two brush coats of Danish Oil (natural) and two sprayed coats of Shellac (blonde). The square plugs (60 total, 3 different sizes) and splines are Black Walnut. I used two Torsion Hinges from Rockler .

I made a ton of mistakes, but seem to be getting better at fixing and hiding those darn goofs. Got lucky with the lumber. The only sequence-cut boards I had were saved for the top. The rest of the planks were a mish-mash of wood from 3 different sources. But I think it ended up working out OK…

Headboard, tall chest of drawers and a long dresser with a mirror frame are all in the queue. Looks like I’ll be riding the Mesquite/ G&G crazy train for awhile…

Questions and comments are always welcome. Thanks LJ’s…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#1 posted 03-20-2021 08:34 PM

man that is gorgeous,big fan of g&g myself so this works real well for me.that mesquite is just beautiful.very nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 03-20-2021 08:39 PM

Wow – the top is georgeous and overall is great ! you’ll have a lot of nice furniture when you’re done

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 03-20-2021 09:42 PM

You did a bang up job of show casing that beautiful wood. Also really like the g&g style, I look forward to the next pieces.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-20-2021 09:54 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship, love the book match top. That is a wonderful job, and lots of details.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 03-20-2021 10:52 PM


I can’t get over how some people are swimming in mesquite and I’m stuck with 5” “twigs” I saw up 8^)

The G&G looks great in this wood and you have the details in perfect places. The pedestal is really nice with the corner joints and plugs (I hate making those plugs)

Very cool breadboard lid with the book match!

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#6 posted 03-20-2021 11:28 PM

Really nice chest! I think this should have got a daily top three…

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#7 posted 03-20-2021 11:39 PM

The G&G accents are subtle, I like subtle myself. The overall blanket chest is stunning simply stunning!

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#8 posted 03-21-2021 12:14 AM

Great work and love the details.

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#9 posted 03-21-2021 01:29 AM

Fabulous job. I love the G+G accent.

-- AJ

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#10 posted 03-21-2021 04:09 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 03-21-2021 10:38 AM

Nice job! Beautiful

-- Petey

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#12 posted 03-21-2021 03:16 PM

Fantastic. Greene and Greene Style is on my to do list someday. Wood choice adds a lot of interest. Great work. :)

-- Tom

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#13 posted 03-21-2021 03:24 PM

Nice book match on the top. Great work overall.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#14 posted 03-21-2021 05:04 PM

Thanks LJ’s. I appreciate everyone taking the time to view and post comments about this project. I recognize and envy all of your individual woodworking skills. Your input means a lot to me. You all do outstanding work. Thanks again…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#15 posted 03-23-2021 07:56 PM

I see a lot of mesquite here in Texas, and I’ve never seen any looking better than this. My hat is off to your skill and attention to detail. Lovely piece.

-- Oldcharlie

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