Blanket Chest / Butler's Chest (Pine)

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Project by Davidramsey03 posted 07-23-2008 05:17 AM 1730 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first furniture project. And I did the whole thing in my apartment and a little on the patio. Not a recommended idea. I will be relocating my tools to my Father-in-law’s garage very soon.

That said, I think it came out nicely.

Wood – CHEAP knotty pine from home depot (2×4s, 1×4s, and a little bit of trim)
Time Taken: 3 days to build, 1 week to finish.

Tools used: Drill, Miter Saw, (and a little cheating. I drew up the plans on paper, laid it out like the sheets were sold, and had home depot use their panel saw to cut all the big pieces for me, since I don’t have a table saw.)

Finishing: 3 coats of Minwax bombay mahogany stain and urethane all-in-one thing, rubbed on with cotton rags. I wanted this to be quite a bit darker when it was done, but I don’t really know what to do differently to make that happen.

Sorry for the sideways pictures. I wasn’t aware they all needed to be taken Landscape format.
Any ideas or helpful criticism well appreciated.

Also, if anyone wants the plans for this, I can find them and send to you, as this was my own design.


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#1 posted 07-23-2008 06:10 AM

Nice chest. And Nice job under the construction limitations.

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#2 posted 07-23-2008 10:46 AM

Looks great!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 07-23-2008 02:26 PM

Hi David;

Welcome to lumberjocks. Lots of talent floating around here. (it’s kind of scary).

Yes, working in an apartment is not the way to go, if there’s an option.

As a first project, I think you did very well.

Keep it up!


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#4 posted 07-23-2008 06:55 PM

Good job David. I may have to stop complaining about the size of my garage if this keeps up. It’s always amazing to me how much can be accomplished when we set our minds to it. Keep up the good work.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 07-24-2008 11:40 AM

Great job david.

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#6 posted 07-24-2008 06:36 PM

My first “shop” if you will was the kitchen and porch of my last apartment… I’ve graduated into the basement of my house : ) Looks like a great project you’ve made here !

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#7 posted 07-25-2008 09:01 AM

A very good attempt for a 1st project. A good working environment is the secret to good furniture. It is so important not to be rushed into having to finish at this stage of your hobby. it is good to be able to leave a project undisturbed until the next time your ready to continue.

As Lee said, there is a wealth of knowlege available on this site – make use of it and your next project will undoubably easier.

Good luck

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 06:11 PM

good job!

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