Rustic Walnut and Maple Blanket Chest

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Project by Brrman posted 03-23-2011 04:56 PM 4421 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on the blanket chest for a year or more. It actually did not start off as a chest, but as a disguised cat litter cabinet, believe it or not. But it was taking me so long to complete that we went ahead and bought a litter cabinet (we have 4 cats so concealing the litter boxes is a priority for us).

Anyways, I decided to make this into a chest since we didn’t have one, and storage is always needed. The maple panels are simple 1/2” cabinet grade maple ply I had left over from a built-in project. I decided to use a mixture of sapwood and heartwood for the walnut because I like the contrast and figure.

The chest is lined with cedar, finished with oil based poly on the outside, and General’s water-based poly on the inside (bottom only) to prevent the outgassing onto the contents of the chest. I used a pair of 60lb self supporting hinges from Rockler which work great. All in all this was a very fun project. The joinery was more complex than I have ever done (no nails in this sucker).

Oh – I also made sure the legs of the chest were high enough so that our Roomba vacuum can drive under it. hah hah

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 05:02 PM

wow! I REALLY like it. It’s got a rustic simplicity that I really admire.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 05:12 PM

thanks – its kinda what I was going for to fit with the stone fireplace i the room.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 06:05 PM

Very nice looking chest. I like how the wood matches your love seat perfectly. Looks like a good spot for it too for having blankets handy.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 06:14 PM

Nice looking chest.

Finishing/sealing the cedar lining sort of defeats the main reason for using the cedar but it’s your chest and if you don’t like the smell of cedar…

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 03-23-2011 06:24 PM

I should have been more clear. Only the bottom (which is walnut) is finished on the inside. The cedar is unfinished. Thanks for the comments.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 07:23 PM

Wow! great looking chest.

Great location too. I built one and put it behind the couch in the living room. Sure is nice to have your blankets behind the sofa.

Good job!

-- JB

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 08:50 PM

great chest

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#8 posted 03-23-2011 08:55 PM

Great looking job, Brrman!!! It’s amazing how you always seem to get walnut on your projects—you’re just like my brother:<) The straight, clean lines of the chest do match the other things you have built for your house.

And, I really like the fact that the top is a piece of walnut that has been in your wife’s family for a long time. I love it when there’s a story behind a piece of timber.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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