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Thread: small cherry/spalted maple blanket chest/coffee table

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    small cherry/spalted maple blanket chest/coffee table

    my daughter signed her first lease for an apartment yesterday, everyone is nervous.
    Shes now officially out on her own. Not living here or her brothers house.

    she doesn't have anything except a bedroom set, an old cabinet I made her, and her lingerie cabinet.

    Her new apartment has little space.

    Not sure how long she might live there and so on, so for a coffee table, I decided to make her a small blanket chest, I will line the inside with cedar, but she will use it as a coffee table for now, eventually maybe move it into her bedroom.(her bedroom is large, her living space is tiny.)

    Cherry frame, spalted maple panels, whatever spalted maple I have left, wasn't the best in the lot I had purchased years ago, doesn't all look like the little piece I cut off one end.

    All lumber is cut to rough size, letting it sit overnight, did not cut the lid piece yet, that's up the road a bit, not sure if she wants breadboard ends, or a routed shaped edge, Ill let her look and decide.

    It will have waterlox as initial coat to seal, not sure if Im going to put something over the waterlox.
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    Great idea on the chest as a coffee table plan Allen. I'll be tagging along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Great idea on the chest as a coffee table plan Allen. I'll be tagging along.
    What he said +1. That spalted maple is beautiful. You'll do a great job, and it will be done faster than I can type this.
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    Great idea Allen, I'd use the popcorn/watching smiley guy but I'm still bloated from turkey day
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    managed to get around 3.5 hours of shop time today before the knee began to speak.
    (picture the old alka seltzer commercial when the stomach was sitting complaining to the person, well, you shouldn't have eaten that whatever)
    My knee said, hey, fatso, you wanna back off or should I put you on the couch in front of the TV again for a month or two?
    anyway, got all the cherry parts cut to size, glued up all the panels, (need 6, will cut each glue up in half), cut the mortises in the legs, and remembered to put the last coat of poly on the last bowl I made.
    moving along, tomorrow is my 36th wedding anniversary, so Im not sure how much time Ill get in, we are going for dinner, wanna feel good, not push the knee.

    the third glue up panel is not as spalted, I might have spend a little more time sorting through the pieces to see if I had a little nicer board, but I wont recut anything at this point. For the price its being sold for, they can live with it, so can I.

    I will use mortise and tenon joints for the rails going into the legs, but pocket screws for the stiles since they aren't weight bearing, and wont be seen inside after I cover them with cedar.
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    Looks like some good headway was made today Allen!

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    got the mortises cleaned up, cut the tenons, got the panels cut almost to size, got them down to 1/2 inch thickness(they will be flat panels, 3/8th thick), got the dados cut partway through most of the pieces to accept the panels, had to stop to clean out dust collector, called it a day.
    Heres where Im at, need to do sanding work, fitting, this is just the size of it and how the panels will look.couldnt match up colors great on some panels, wide variety of shading and grain/color on the boards I had left.(could be the wrong side Im showing, some sides blended colorwise better)
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    That's going to be one heck of a nice foot rest ...................looking good!
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    Daughter officially out on her own, huh?

    Don't be suprised if it takes her a little longer to really be what Adults consider out on her own.

    Just a dad hint, keep in close touch with her for a while longer vs. just letting the fly in the breeze,

    there is still probably a lot of guidance that can come in handy.


    Plus you know she wil ltell every one of her freinds that her dad made this peice of furniture!
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

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    good day, rained, warm, I used the planer and jointer half the day, don't have to worry about nosy moron neighbor snooping around.
    Got 5 hours in there today.
    Planed panels down to final width, 3/8th, finished all the dados in the rails and stiles to accept panels,
    cut up cherry for the lid/top, (ofcourse, the 5/4 cherry I had didn't have great color, as I had to take one piece of 6/4 and plane down, its got much more color, but that's that.
    I also decided to get out maple and cut up and plane/joint enough for a small "kitchen table for two", as my daughter will not fit anything larger than a 24-26 inch square in front of the fridge. I would have put a small counter in there to match the cabs(oak) but her landlord is very strict about making holes in his walls. He wants to be there when the cable guy comes, he doesn't want him making any extra holes.
    Im sure if I told him Im leaving the counter he would agree, but in case I have an installation problem, well, better its a free standing small table.
    I didn't want to use cherry, so I went into all that maple I have sitting around for years.
    I need to have lid top and table top both ready together so I only have to bring the drum sander in once to do them both.
    The thing is too heavy and takes up too much floor space for me to leave in shop.

    I wont post anymore progress reports, Ill just post a pic when Im finished from here, stop boring everyone.

    Im sorry pics aren't better quality, cell phone and my hands were shaking by the time I took them, no more strength.

    like I said, cut up and planed and glued half up two tops, did all the router work, and then spend 40 minutes cleaning up dust collector and vacuuming. productive day for me.
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