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Thread: Walnut Blanket Chest

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Decatur, Alabama

    Walnut Blanket Chest

    This is a present for my wife's grandmother. She has made a lot of quilts over the years, so I thought she'd like something to put them in. It's inspired by Bryan Cowing's walkthrough:

    I made it more or less the same. Used mitered corners with the jointer, and biscuits instead of miter lock though. It's the best corner joints I've had yet, just never used a jointer to clean up miters before. I'm not happy with my breadboard joints, but I think it will work fine. There's room for improvement tightening up some of the gaps.

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    I love the wood on the top, hope I find some more boards like that in my pile of walnut. I've planed about half my stock so far, this was the only one I found.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    That is awesome Jeb Your wifes grandma is for sure to love and treasure it I don;t know about that top wood, kind of wavy THAT is some NICE stuff

  3. #3
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    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    Nice piece Jeb! Yeah that top really has some nice curl to it.
    What did you use for a finish? It really shows off the grain.

    Breadboard ends can be a son of a gun, especially getting offset for the pegs to hold the ends tight. I had about a 32nd separation on the kitchen island I built on the sides, the middle of course was glued so it didnt move.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well done jeb and that top wood is SWEET you dont find curly walnut least not in my parts.. and i have been fortunate to have cut a little..and not found but one or two if you have ore cherish it and use for the next specail person.. nice work jeb!!
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeb Taylor View Post
    I love the wood on the top...
    So do I! Really nice and the way it catches the light is awesome.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Bee-u-tee-ful. Love the chatoyancy of that wood. Mitered corners on the jointer . . . hmmmmm; I'll have to file that one away to try sometime.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Decatur, Alabama
    BLO, three coats wipe on poly, and hand buffed. One of these days I'm going to experiment with more finishes, but I have this backlog of projects my wife keeps coming up with...

    I'm not completely sure where I went wrong on the ends, they have about 1/32" gap too. I'll pay a lot more attention to them next time for sure, and possibly bow the inside a little to pull the ends in tighter. I read an article by Christian Becksvoort on Fine Woodworking doing that.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Fantastic job Jeb. I agree with the others, can't argue with the success of your finishing schedule.
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  9. #9
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    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Great job Jeb. Beautiful wood and fantastic finish.
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  10. #10
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    The top is beautiful. The rest of the chest is pretty darn good as well
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