Blanket Chest

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Project by Condor1 posted 06-26-2011 11:14 PM 1971 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Blanket Chest from plans in FWW magazine featuing Tommy McDonald. The wood is 5 year old, air dried Walnut, that I found on Craigs List about 30 miles from here ($3.00 BF) and he still has about 3,500 BF. The finish started with one part BLO X one part mineral spitits X 1 part oil base Urathine. Followed by 2 coats of Shellac and one coat of Satin Urethane. Tommy, featured carved panels on his chest and I tried it but found there are some things that are a little over my head. I scraped the panel and settled for the Walnut to showcase the project.

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 11:20 PM

Wow, all I can say is wow! What a beautiful piece. My Wife is an avid quilter, so I think I will have to attempt one of these to store her works of art in. Thanks for sharing!

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Tim Kindrick

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 11:29 PM

Beautiful Walnut!!! Can you send me a link to your supplier? I live in central Texas and would love to have some nice Walnut like this!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 12:31 AM

Beautiful chest! I would also like to know where I could get some of that walnut.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 01:02 AM

RW, We have something in common, I made this chest for our oldest daughter who makes quilts and she needed something to store them in. I did not mention it but I lined the bottom of the chest with Ceder.

Tim, this was listed under materials on East Texas Craigs List. The listing was Black Walnut and I’ve seen him advertise several times. His cell phone number is 903-445-9363. Another number is 817-673-9155. Normally I would not give this out but since he advertised I don’t see a problem. He lives in Jefferson, Texas but the Walnut is located just west of Longview, Texas. The only caution I would make is watch out for sticker marks. The pine stickers are beginning to rot and it is penetrating into the Walnut. Most can be planied out but some can’t be. Rough cut lumber is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get!

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#5 posted 06-29-2011 04:23 PM

Wow! Very nice. I did mine in mahogany, It was all I could find at the time. I will have to go the walnut route on the next one. Thanks for sharing.

-- JB

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