blanket chest

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Project by Allen posted 09-27-2012 01:04 AM 10107 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this chest for my mother as a house warming gift. I also like to do projects like this to help keep me tuned up. I came across this piece of 5qtr Mahogany 20” wide by 16’ long and knew right away what it wanted to be. I hand cut the dovetails, put a raised panel bottom in, cut some ogee molding on the table saw, and bam it was done. for the finish I applied a water base stain, just enough to help tone all the wood one color. I did wet the chest to raise the grain before I applied the stain. to seal it I used dewaxed shellac, two coats. Then rubbed it out with 0000 steel wool to a smooth surface. Finally I rubbed on three cooats of Minwax Antique Oil.

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#1 posted 09-27-2012 01:20 AM

That’s quite a slab of Mahogany.. like what you did with it. I especially like the legs/feet detail. Did you leave it the full 1” thickness? That’s got to be one heavy (ie, rock solid) box.

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#2 posted 09-27-2012 01:25 AM

Ted I milled it to 3/4”. I wanted it to be sturdy but not too heavy.

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 01:38 AM

I enjoy building chests, blanket chests in particular. That one looks great. I like the stain choice especially. It resembles the type on a Darrell Peart blanket chest. I have been researching Pennsylvania German Painted Blanket Chests to build a few in that influence and also a really nice Shaker Antique Red Blanket Chest with two drawers. Again great work. Keep it up and thanks for the finish details as I want to try that finish on a current or future blanket chest I have going. The dovetail layout and size on your chest really fit well with the piece.

The pictures posted here are actual antiques I located images of using google. There are so many great antique blanket chests out there. There’s always plenty of inspiration available.

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#4 posted 09-27-2012 01:54 AM

Nicely done.

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#5 posted 09-27-2012 03:08 AM

I really like it. Nice piece of furniture.

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#6 posted 09-27-2012 09:35 AM

looks great. did you put a glove box in it. i always put a special box on the left, inside for keepsake stuff and to hold the lid open when in use. and they are all different. some have little drawers and some have secret comp. sheetzy

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#7 posted 09-27-2012 01:07 PM

Hand cut? I might of missed that part but great looking dovetails

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#8 posted 09-27-2012 07:57 PM

very nice!

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