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My sister asked me to build her a blanket chest last year for Christmas and this is the result. The design itself is not my own, I found it in a Wood Magazine special edition full of project plans. The frame and lid are made from poplar that I dyed and stained to resemble walnut and the side panels are 1/4" cherry plywood glued back to back and finished with danish oil.

Overall I am really proud of the way this project turned out because this was my first "big" project using the jointer, planer and badsaw that my beautiful, loving and supportive wife allowed me to buy over the past year as a sort of retail therapy after lossing my mother last Novermber. I learned a lot through this project and can't wait to applying these new skills to my next project, which will be a twin size bed and end table for my 3 year old daughter.

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This is really nice a great job it looks beautiful.
 

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id love to hear your technique on dyeing the poplar. looks real nice
 

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Looks really nice. Good job on that poplar.
I like it,
Steve
 

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yes, please post more about the mixture you used to dye the poplar. Great work!
 

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Really nice chest. I'm sure you sister will love it.
 

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That's a great looking chest. Nice job on the construction and staining.
 

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Great job…it looks beautiful. I'm building the same chest right now-out of poplar-though I plan on painting it, since it will be a toy chest for my friend's daughter. The poplar version is a "warm-up" as I refine my skills before using the same design to build hope chests for my two daughters (these will be constructed with walnut and cherry plywood.

Once again, fantastic job…I'm really impressed. (And also want to know about your "dye-job.")
 

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Great looking blanket chest. I like the combination of the cherry and stained poplar.
 

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Great looking blanket chest. I like the combination of the cherry and stained poplar.
 

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Great looking chest. Very well done.
 

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I actually found the technique for dying the poplar in an issue of Wood Magazine which called for using RIT Dark Brown dye for the initial wood coloring, letting that dry for 24 hours and then staining it with Minwax Dark Walnut #2716. I ended up having to let that sit for a few days to fully dry before then applying three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.
 

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thanks. I'll do a little ddigging to try and find that article. I think I'd like to use the technique for a few of my projects!
 

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thanks nstein i think i have the issue, i remember the RIT dye on poplar now that you mention it
 

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found it… WOOD #189 march 2009 page 70 faux walnut stacking shelves. the finish recipe is on page 74
 
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