Cherry Blanket Chest

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Project by HokieMojo posted 04-18-2008 05:51 AM 3787 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first woodworking project I ever started. I say “started” because it was not the first I finished. It was supposed to be a Christmas present for my wife and I guess it kind of was, even if it was a year late. I learned a lot and I could definitely do better in the future, but I’m happy with how it came out.

The overall design was based on a plan in a book by Norm Abrahms combined with the bedroom furniture we already own. The panels are made of cherry ply as opposed to solid panels. The floor is lined with cedar to try to chase the moths away. I hope you enjoy!

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#1 posted 04-18-2008 05:53 AM

I love it. The figure of the wood is astounding. That is really nice. You should be proud.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#2 posted 04-18-2008 06:37 AM

Nice chest, HokieMojo. What is the finish ?

-- Nick, Fremont, CA.

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#3 posted 04-18-2008 07:04 AM

Really nice project. Great clean lines and tight craftsmanship.


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 04-18-2008 11:48 AM

This is a nice chest. It has simple rather straight-forward lines and the frame and panel construction looks good. The bread board edges add a nice detail to the piece.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 04-18-2008 12:42 PM

looks great!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#6 posted 04-18-2008 01:49 PM

OUTSTANDING project – finish and form are wonderful – nice job!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#7 posted 04-18-2008 02:31 PM

Very nice. The figure is great.

Exelent work
Thanks for posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 04-18-2008 03:42 PM

Great looking chest. You did a beautiful job on it. I am sure your wife was pleased with it.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-18-2008 03:49 PM

Very nice chest!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#10 posted 04-18-2008 04:26 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. The finish was done as follows (although after learning more, this doesn’t seem to be the best choice). When starting on the top, I tried applying some mixed stain (in an attempt to match our bedroom furniture) but I accidentally mixed up the mason jars and applied satin poly diluted with mineral spirits instead. I know that probably sounds hard to believe, but they really looked identical and were very similar texture.

Anyway, once it went on, I went with it. After applying a light coat, I sanded it down and applied my stain. It didn’t really soak it up much (because I think the poly sealed it), but I think it helped to even our the color. Then a few more coats of poly, some steel wool, and the pledge. I know some people hate pledge, and I wish I knew now what I didn’t know then about silicone residue, but it seems to have worked. I’ve got a nice, even warm finish that seems to be resisting the claw marks my cats have put on eveything else we own.

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#11 posted 04-18-2008 05:26 PM

Looks great to me. I really like the breadboard edge on the top.

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

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#12 posted 04-18-2008 05:49 PM

I don’t know what you could have done better – looks perfect to me. Beautiful chest.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#13 posted 04-18-2008 06:47 PM

I’m with the crowd…nice figure on the wood and it’s a great chest.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#14 posted 04-19-2008 01:12 AM

I love cherry, especially when it has grain like this. It’s a great looking chest, and you did a great job on the contruction. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 04-19-2008 08:20 AM

Well done. We don’t have mistakes – just design changes.

-- Bob

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