Blanket chest / Toy box

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Blog entry by sgmdwk posted 12-25-2013 07:10 AM 2604 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chest for my granddaughter, who is 4 months old. The idea was to give her something from her grandpa she can use for the rest of her life. I took the dimensions from one I saw online, then just winged it from there.

The chest is made from clear pine boards. I planed them for uniform thickness, then jointed th4e edges with my Stanley No. 6.

I glued up each panel separately, due to clamp limitations. I never have enough clamps.

When it came time to trim the panels top length, they were too wide to fit in my crosscut sled on the table saw. Rather than build a new fixture, I scored the dimensions with a knife, used a sharp chisel to enhance this “knife wall” (as Paul Sellers calls it). Then cut the panel with a cheap old Stanley back saw I have had for a couple decades.

I made a box-joint jig to use with my stacked dado set on the table saw.

Then assembled the carcass.

Next was to make the breadboard top. I cut the tenons with the stacked dado set and a sacrificial fence, then trimmed the shoulders with my dovetail saw.

I drilled out the mortise on my drill press the smoothed it out with a chisel.

The breadboard ends were secured with three dowels. The middle one was glued in place, the outer ones went in widened holes in the tenons to allow for movement.

For some reason, I took no photos of the drawers. I sanded the heck out of the thing, then dyed the wood (first time I have done that) then applied several coats of poly. The hinges are a pair of 30 foot-pound torsion hinges from Rocklers. They seem to work just fine.

-- Dave K.

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#1 posted 12-25-2013 02:29 PM

Can’t believe this is the first comment! I appreciate your work on this project, including the pictures showing various steps and the techniques you used. Certainly you have accomplished your goal of creating something she will use for the rest of her life. A nice family heirloom.

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#2 posted 12-25-2013 02:42 PM

You did a fine job on this chest. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#3 posted 12-25-2013 03:26 PM

Nice job, I’m sure she will appreciate this when she is able.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#4 posted 12-25-2013 04:10 PM

What a pleasant surprise. She will be VERY Happy with her grandpa! And you made both a functional and creative piece. Your blog work here is pretty good too. LOL! Setting up the camera, getting the shot you want, and posting it is almost as complex as making the project.

It’s Christmas Morning. The payment is a “Big Hug!”

( Just went back over the pictures, I had that table saw for 15 years! LOL!)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-25-2013 10:01 PM

I’ve had the saw since 1989. It certainly has its limitations, but a new saw is unlikely to make it into the budget any time soon.

-- Dave K.

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 10:27 AM

This came out real nice Dave, finish and all. The breadboard ends are a nice touch.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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