Maple Blanket Chest

MAPLE BLANKET CHEST
A curly maple top adds distinction.

SHOP OWNER: William Chen
LOCATION: Westchester, CA

    This blanket chest was my first major woodworking project. I had planned to make a simple maple blanket chest with dovetail joinery for my friend. During the building process, we decided to modify the piece. Instead of using plain maple for the top, we went with curly maple and added breadboard ends pegged with cherry dowels. My friend liked ogee bracket feet, so I incorporated those into the chest, and lined the bottom with aromatic cedar.
Maple Blanket Chest

 

    The exterior of the blanket chest was finished with a mix of Tung oil, boiled linseed oil, and mineral spirits. Next, a coat of dewaxed orange shellac, then water-based amber tint Enduro lacquer. When the top was dry, I rubbed it out with an automotive finish. Needless to say, my friend was quiet satisfied.

. . . William Chen


 
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