Alder Blanket Chest

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Project by TVT posted 05-24-2012 03:17 PM 3330 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Blanked chest I made for my wife for Christmas. It is make out of Knotty Alder. The lid, stile and rails are all distressed and glazed before finished, while the panels are natural. The inside is lined with T&G cedar and has a sliding storage box

-- Measure once, cut twice - you think I would learn!

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 09:25 PM

Beautiful, Nice color contrast and love that sliding drawer….....

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 10:45 PM

I love the natural finish and color contrast of the woods. Beautiful work.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 11:20 AM

Did you “free hand” this, or use a set of plans? If plans, would you share where you got them? I love the clean, smooth design.

It’s beautiful. I think I need to look at knotty alder more! How did you distress the rails and stiles?

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 01:07 PM

Beautiful chest.

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 02:36 PM

Thanks everyone.
Milo- Sorry no plans on this one. Alder is a nice wood to work with. A little soft but a lot of character. As for the distressing I used one coat of stain and one coat of polyurethane then used whatever I had laying around to, for lack of better terms, abused it. Chains, punches, pliers, and such. I then covered it with a chocolate brown glaze and whipped it off, leaving it in the dented areas, finishing it with 3 more coats of Polyurethane. s

-- Measure once, cut twice - you think I would learn!

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