Blanket Chest

Blanket Chest

A friend of mine asked me over to pick up some cherry boards he and his son had put away 30 years ago for a project they never completed.  While there he saw some very old Black Walnut boards about 54 inches long X one inch X 18 inches.  They were a bit stained and rough.  He explained that they had been book shelves in his great grandfather‚Äôs house built in the 1830‚Äôs in Ohio.  He gave me the boards.  After a couple of months deciding what to do, I decided to make him a blanket chest using these boards and cutting them as little as possible.  I used the basic plan from the eastern chest as featured in your free plans this month.  This old walnut burnished up to a high sheen with 0000 steel wool and tung oil.  For the floor inside I used some old veneered poplar from a turn of the century piano we recycled.  I used red oak on the backside.  Pictures attached.   Sorry for the nasty pictures of my shop!!

-Bob Phillipson

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