Blanket chest/toy box - wood suggestions

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Forum topic by Kirk650 posted 05-31-2016 04:31 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2016 04:31 PM

I have a favorite niece, and have offered to build something for her newest child. She has decided on a nice blanket chest, which will begin life as a toy chest. She wants dovetail joinery and picked a box design off Pinterest. She want the box to be dark “like the Shaker Keeping Box I made for her wedding”. I made that out of walnut with a dark transtint dye, so I can use the same dye. What I need to decide next is what wood to use. She doesn’t need walnut, she says, so I have plenty of options, and my walnut supply is getting low. White oak has too much grain. Maple might work out nice.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 05:33 PM

How to be successful, “when you find something the works do it over and over again”.
Get some more walnut and stain that you used before.

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 06:35 PM

Maple’s fine grain does not take up stain readily. Poplar does a fair imitation of walnut when stained, although quite a bit softer.

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 11:20 PM

Actually, the comment about Maple (which I haven’t used much over the years) is the kind of info I was looking for. As for poplar, I wouldn’t use that for the box. Maybe I should just get more walnut, but I was looking for something different. Seems like the woods I use for my work is 70% walnut, 25% cherry, and some white oak. Same old same old.

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 12:32 PM

Maple can be made to look like anything with dye. A lot of commercial “Cherry” furniture is actually maple dyed to look like cherry. Charles Neil did a great series on that topic and it is amazing how you can layer color to make anything look like about anything, and Maple was about the most versatile for that.

I prefer cherry and have used his technique to make new cherry look a couple hundred years old.

I’d go cherry with maple drawers in the bottom or maple colored to look like walnut. But thats just me.

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 12:58 PM

Then Maple it is. That’s just the little push that I needed. I’ll use Maple and buy more than I need, so I’ll have some on hand all the time. I need to maintain a stock, like I do with Walnut and cherry.

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