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Blanket Chest in quarter sawn Cherry

author-gravatar jalpino Mar 21, 2020

This is my take on a simple, Shaker style blanket chest. I used quarter sawn Black Cherry for the build.

Like most of my projects, I tried to stretch my skills a bit and in doing so, learned some good lessons along the way. 

Here are some details about the build:
Dimensions: 34" L x 18" W x 20" H
Base Coat: 1# cut of dewaxed shellac)
Top Coat: Arm-r-seal ( 3 coats of semi-gloss, 1 coat of satin)
Hardware: Brusso hinges (CB-407)

#blanketchest #cherry #shaker

Photo of Blanket Chest in quarter sawn Cherry
Photo of Blanket Chest in quarter sawn Cherry
Photo of Blanket Chest in quarter sawn Cherry
Photo of Blanket Chest in quarter sawn Cherry
Photo of Blanket Chest in quarter sawn Cherry
Photo of Blanket Chest in quarter sawn Cherry
Photo of Blanket Chest in quarter sawn Cherry

7 comments

Very nice the only thing I would STRONGLY advise is to put a couple of soft-close safety lid supports. In addition, I just don't think those hinges are designed for this type of use. They are more small box use. I do love Brusso hardware! I think if you add the soft-close hinge supports you could leave the Brusso hinges and get the best of both worlds. 

Beautiful blanket chest! Thank you for sharing here on SimpleCove, I can't wait to see more of your work.

@WoodGate  Thanks for your comment. I actually have two soft close hinges that I did not install before taking pictures. This piece is going to my niece, I want to make sure those little fingers stay safe. 

As for the Brusso hinges, I struggled to find high quality hinges that would work best with such a large piece. Any suggestions for future builds?

Thanks @Sean !

@Sean  said:

Beautiful blanket chest! Thank you for sharing here on SimpleCove, I can't wait to see more of your work.

@jalpino That is a good question typically I only make small boxes. However, I do have a chest similar to yours on the list. Probably I would just do the safety hinges and not put any other hinge on the box. I will probably start on the chest in the beginning of summer. I plan on a fairly intricate interior with hidden compartments and lots of sliding trays and lift out parts. 

@jalpino I used Horton Brasses PB-409 for my blanket chest. If you want to see that build it's over in the Guild: https://www.simplecove.com/guild/dovetailed-blanket-chest/

@Sean Thanks for the info. I can't believe that I didn't know about your build series before jumping into this project. Your blanket chest is beautiful! 

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