Pine Blanket Chest

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Project by Stopher posted 01-06-2013 10:06 PM 1362 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blanket chest I made for some friends that recently had a baby girl. I actually made this a while ago and I’m just getting around to posting it now.

It ended up about 24” long by 12” wide by 18” tall. I figure it’s not too bad for ‘Depot’ #2 pine. The lid is make like a frame and panel door, the frame being quarter-sawn white pine, the panel is cedar. I think I found a good balance of making this quickly yet still nice enough to be on display. For example, the insides are a little rough, having left the scallops from my jack plane there’s a nice bit of texture. I joined the base skirt with a groove and a matching groove cut into the case. This proved to be quick (requiring only one setup with a combination plane) and it seems very sturdy. The hardware is just cheap stuff from the local hardware store that I aged in a mixture of lemon juice and salt. This is my first try at aging hardware and I’m almost pleased with the result.

I like the design, and I’m going to make a similar one for ourselves.

-- The bitterness of low quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. - Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 10:21 PM

This is a wonderful chest ,I like the smaller size.

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 11:52 PM

I like it. How did you join the top? Is that really a through mortise? Very cool.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 11:57 PM

Yes, the top is through mortised. It’s basically the same joint as in the tool chest I made but with only one panel. It wasn’t as tough as I expected. I do all my joinery with hand tools so I left all the parts long and then cut off the ends when finished (a-la Roy Underhill).

-- The bitterness of low quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. - Ben Franklin

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