Cherry Blanket Chest

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Project by HeirloomWoodworking posted 03-13-2008 03:03 AM 3110 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a piece that I recently created.

It is a a simple cherry blanket chest, made using raised panel construction and lined in aromatic cedar..

The interesting part of the piece to me it the wood.

I came by a load of scap wood from a window and door company. Literally a pickup load of hundreds pieces of wood. The rough lumber was a mixture of oak, poplar, birch, cherry and walnut. In various widths, thickness, lengths and grades.

I started by sorting the wood by species then worked on sawing, and planing the pieces to straighten and true them. I then tried to match grain and color (in the cherry and walnut especially) of each of the hundreds of pieces of lumber that I had laying on my garage floor. That was too much hassle, so I just gathered up a pile of the sticks, made sure I had at least 2 smooth sides on each piece, then randomly edge glued and clamped them into individual boards approximately 1×12”x12’.

After the glue dried I ran the boards through my surface planer until I had nice smooth and true 1×12’s, some of them made of 12-15 individual pieces of lumber. (I am sure that my neightbors were very tired of hearing the hours of annoying whining of that planer.)

With the oak I made the queen a new bathroom vanity, bathroom wall cabinet, and doors for the linen closet. With the cherry I made this chest. I once tried to count the individual pieces of wood in the piece, but it is in the hundreds.

I like the look of the contrasting heart and sap wood pieces that occur randomly throughout the case. The only metal fastners on the piece are in the hinge and the lid supports, all other joints are glue only.

I finished it with several coats of Watco Dainish oil (natural) and 5 coats of semi-gloss poly. I have made several chests of this type, but I think that I will be keeping this one in the family.

Thanks For letting me share.

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#1 posted 03-13-2008 03:27 AM

Beautiful work, Trev. Talk about sweet scraps!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-13-2008 03:40 AM

wow. that looks like you spent hours choice selecting all the wood out of a lumber dealer for it to look so great. i can’t believe that you made it out of scrap.

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#3 posted 03-13-2008 03:55 AM


This is a beautiful chest. I am sure that your wife would not let this one get away. The different colors of the cherry add a nice detail to the top. Aand the raised panels make this a very nice piece. All this is made from scraps (and a little hard work on your part)!!!!!!

Very nice.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-13-2008 11:35 AM

That is great. Its beauty just sings, and salvaged lumber makes it even better. Good job.

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#5 posted 03-13-2008 01:09 PM

Great job, stands out from the rest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 03-13-2008 01:32 PM

That really looks great; you’ve inspired me to use some of my scraps more productively! Great work!

-- Robb

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#7 posted 03-13-2008 03:21 PM

Great job. Makes me think more about what I throw away.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 03-14-2008 06:35 AM

Hi Trev

Nice looking blanket chest. What a beautiful piece from scrap. Thanks for posting.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 03-14-2008 09:39 AM

That is a sweet chest. I really like the frame and panel construction. Wish I could find a pickup load of scrap.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 04-03-2008 04:45 PM

Nice chest, do you have an idea what the top weights? I like the stays you used but was concerned on the closing weight of a chest I built. My top is around 15 lbs. and is 44”x 20”.

-- Jason, New York

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#11 posted 04-03-2008 06:29 PM


If memory serves me correct, the lid weighed something like 23lbs, and the weight was a big concern for me when choosing the correct support.

I believe that these are the lid supports that I used. From Rockler.

Good Luck with your project, and share a picture(s) with us when your have it completed.


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#12 posted 04-05-2008 04:34 AM

will do thanks

-- Jason, New York

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#13 posted 06-10-2008 08:35 PM

Very nice chest Trev….

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#14 posted 08-03-2008 11:02 PM

Very nice – I’d love to do something similar… do you have a close-up of how you did the joinery on the corners?

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#15 posted 03-05-2010 04:24 AM

Great work. You sure make “Random” look good. Thanks for sharing!

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