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UPDATE: Blanket Chests by Scott Gibson and Peter Turner

comments (92) October 31st, 2013 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Blanket Chests by Scott Gibson and Peter Turner
Taunton Press, 2011.
$24.95; 176 pp.

Treewood has won a copy of the book.

Blanket Chests: Outstanding Designs from 30 of the World's Finest Furniture Makers is a book that will provide inspiration to woodworkers of all levels. The book begins with a chapter on "Chest Building Techniques" to give you the basics for case joinery, but then the book takes off with photos, illustrations and descriptions of the 30 different chests included. Designs range from traditional, sometimes with a twist, to contemporary.

Lucky Treewood is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.

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Comments (92)

user-2974804 user-2974804 writes: I have just become a member here on the site, and browsing the page is like walking in the candy-shop of my dreams. I am a student of fine woodworking in Sweden and our first Project was designing and building a tool chest, but I now want to make a bigger one, and this book look like a true source of inspiration. Whoever gets it is a lucky person.
I already feel lucky to have found your homepage.
Posted: 6:03 pm on October 30th

Mel_BussDesign Mel_BussDesign writes: Vermont pine blanket chest - that's my next goal
Posted: 6:22 am on October 29th

herminge herminge writes: Would be nice to have in my reference library ...
Posted: 2:43 am on October 29th

killam killam writes: A subject of great interest to me since my great grandaughter
has been asking for such a chest since age 3. (now 5)
I look forward to choosing an idea for her.
Posted: 6:25 pm on October 28th

caw27502 caw27502 writes: Perfect timing! I have just started designing three new blanket chests, one for each of my three children. I was planning to use the same design but with different wood species. Now, with the help and insight of this book, I could provide a unique design for each. I am sure my children will be happy with my typical design, but how special it will be for each to receive their own personal design inspired by the work of Scott Gibson and Peter Turner.
Thank You
Posted: 1:51 pm on October 28th

Jerrodm Jerrodm writes: I love these books -- great inspiring ideas, a definite craftsmanship skills builder.
Posted: 11:06 am on October 28th

jsplatt jsplatt writes: Looking forward to building a blanket chest and using my new plans...
Posted: 8:34 am on October 28th

Marius_in_SA Marius_in_SA writes: What a great opportunity. It will make such a difference in my house.
Posted: 12:46 am on October 28th

sloeplum sloeplum writes: OOPS ! Meant to say "in their own special way". Thanks Fine Woodworking.
Posted: 9:29 pm on October 27th

sloeplum sloeplum writes: These things just say "Home" in their special way.
Posted: 9:24 pm on October 27th

Portage1969 Portage1969 writes: I'm always open to learning new tips and tricks.
Posted: 7:18 pm on October 27th

WoodLess WoodLess writes: My wife would love a blanket chest to her prize quilts.
Posted: 6:53 pm on October 27th

opie123 opie123 writes:
I'm looking for something to build for the new grandkids.
This book looks like it has some inspiring ideas. Count me in.
Posted: 5:58 pm on October 27th

bartlettaj bartlettaj writes: These books have so much reference and ideas; Yes please.
Posted: 3:15 pm on October 27th

Hoeppr Hoeppr writes: Blanket chest are great gifts and become heirlooms. I would be able to refine my designs with this book.
Posted: 1:34 pm on October 27th

Twowheelgator Twowheelgator writes: My wife would love for me to win. I made a lot of blanket chests for weddings,graduations,and grandkids. She always insist that it is unique and I am running out of designs.
Posted: 8:24 am on October 27th

KenHANGITALL KenHANGITALL writes: Count me in Would love to make a blanket chest to pass down through the generations.
Posted: 9:03 pm on October 26th

rodk1 rodk1 writes: Would love to read this book Thanks for the chance.
Posted: 8:15 pm on October 26th

user-2560066 user-2560066 writes: I've built a number of blanket chests over the years.
This book looks a good one for some new ideas
for designs & techniques.
Posted: 7:22 pm on October 26th

pawest pawest writes: I have four daughters and I'm making a "hope" chest for each - so far I've made two and I'd like some ideas for the other two. Would love a chance at this offer !!
Posted: 7:10 pm on October 26th

McDonald McDonald writes: I really enjoy making wooden chests, this book would be cool.
Posted: 5:56 pm on October 26th

bartan bartan writes: This would be a great addition to my budding collection.
I built one for my Nephew and his new Wife a couple of years ago and it didn't turn out the greatest. I could really use those techniques! I'd really like to be able to build a better one.
Posted: 5:01 pm on October 26th

bartan bartan writes: This would be a great addition to my budding collection.
I built one for my Nephew and his new Wife a couple of years ago and it didn't turn out the greatest! I could really use those techniques!
Posted: 4:58 pm on October 26th

retireejd retireejd writes: Would love to win this!!
Posted: 2:14 pm on October 26th

capndan77 capndan77 writes: New to Fine Woodworking and am in overload with all the project ideas. I can add a blanket chest to the list of many I want to tackle!
Posted: 12:30 pm on October 26th

MIKEBYRNES MIKEBYRNES writes: A blanket chest is one of the most rewarding projects for any woodworker who has a few projects under his or her belt. Even though there are many different construction techniques and the design possibilities are nearly endless, a well-built blanket chest is something that should remain in the family for generations. Thank you, Mike Byrnes Woodworks "Antiques Made While You Wait" ™©®
Posted: 11:22 am on October 26th

user-2418448 user-2418448 writes: Thanks for the chance to win the book. It sure would come in handy when I build a blanket chest for my son and his future wife.

Got my fingers crossed!
Posted: 11:09 am on October 26th

sawdust55109 sawdust55109 writes: Tis' the season to be in the shop making gifts. This would provide some good inspiration.
The Taunton books have great photography and clear instruction so this would be a valued addition.

Posted: 11:00 am on October 26th

ekimsewad ekimsewad writes: My next project is a blanket chest for my wife, so the timing is perfect!
Posted: 10:41 am on October 26th

anonmt anonmt writes: please pick me
Posted: 9:18 am on October 26th

jbeal jbeal writes: This would be a great addition to my library.
Posted: 9:12 am on October 26th

leeh522 leeh522 writes: Perfect book to learn with!

Posted: 9:02 am on October 26th

ssamuelj ssamuelj writes: This would definitely help me make the leap from small boxes to chests!
Posted: 8:40 am on October 26th

Bigblue1 Bigblue1 writes: Would love to build a blanket chest for my granddaughter for Christmas that is had build and has a sentimental value for her!
Posted: 8:29 am on October 26th

quaxer quaxer writes: I need all the expertise I can get! This looks like a good source for some.
Posted: 6:47 am on October 26th

lugnut lugnut writes: Looks like a good source of ideas for my daughter.
Posted: 5:35 am on October 26th

bianchiwoodworks bianchiwoodworks writes: Thank you. Let me know when I can pick it up!
Posted: 5:27 am on October 26th

DaveHarrison DaveHarrison writes: Looks good to me!
Posted: 4:11 am on October 26th

ozvic ozvic writes: Nice book - great designs.
Posted: 3:32 am on October 26th

John_Moran John_Moran writes: This would allow me to make the perfect wedding present for my daughter wedding in the New year.

But then I guess us Brits are excluded from the competition, as usual.

regards - John
Posted: 3:14 am on October 26th

mwhitram mwhitram writes: I would love to build a blanket chest for my new grandchild arriving February 5, 2014. I'd like to pass on a gift made from the natural elements of Mother Earth and built with my own hands. This book would guide me...thank you.

Posted: 6:37 am on October 25th

Marc2013 Marc2013 writes: My Bday is on the 30th...that would make a nice gift...:)
Posted: 3:23 pm on October 24th

TMFoughty TMFoughty writes: I have been wanting to do a blanket chest for some time now. Hopefully this book will get me jump started.
Posted: 12:22 pm on October 24th

DoronPdut DoronPdut writes: Would make the wife happy,
Than me.
Posted: 11:37 am on October 24th

MCamaleri MCamaleri writes: sweet book!
Posted: 10:20 am on October 24th

jonquinn jonquinn writes: This looks like a nice book to have for ideas/ inspiration
Posted: 11:26 pm on October 23rd

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: This would be great, I need to make one for our daughter
Posted: 3:09 pm on October 23rd

lowrider_ray lowrider_ray writes: sounds like a great addition
Posted: 11:01 pm on October 22nd

orthodox orthodox writes: I need a brake!

Posted: 7:39 pm on October 22nd

jverreault jverreault writes: Sounds like a fabulous addition to my library and impetus to get up off my duff and build at least one blanket chest. Please put me down for one entry....
Posted: 6:53 pm on October 22nd

user-4386107 user-4386107 writes: Another great taunton book.
Posted: 2:24 pm on October 22nd

snichols snichols writes: Sounds like a winner.
Posted: 11:58 am on October 22nd

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: My entry
Posted: 11:52 am on October 22nd

JRB123 JRB123 writes: My Blanket chest is in the October issue Readers Gallery. Could use another design!

Posted: 8:41 am on October 22nd

shp111 shp111 writes: Looks like a great book. Would love to build a chest or two...
Posted: 11:16 pm on October 21st

JP4 JP4 writes: Count me in please. Thanks
Posted: 9:49 pm on October 21st

b33tl3 b33tl3 writes: I love the round looking blanket chest.

Posted: 7:34 pm on October 21st

DougTmann DougTmann writes: I think blanket chests are great items to pass to children. Hopefully I will win the book.
Posted: 7:04 pm on October 21st

Rambler Rambler writes: A series blanket chests started my weekend pursuit of woodworking 20 years ago. This would be an excellent book to make another round of them.
Posted: 5:17 pm on October 21st

bigjon_175 bigjon_175 writes: There are definitely some nice looking chests in this book.
Posted: 2:25 pm on October 21st

jimmacgregor jimmacgregor writes: This would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 2:08 pm on October 21st

Andersrl Andersrl writes: I already have the book and it is a great pictoral review of blanket chest styles, from simple elegance to astoundingly complex carved an inlayed masterpieces. There is a preponderance of more contemporary designs (which really drew me to the book), but there are more traditional and period designs as well. Each design includes a plan sketch, technique pointers, and explanation of special methods involved. Although I bought the book 2 years ago, I have just selected one of Peter Turner's designs to build ("Wood that Flows") and ordered the full size plan. Mr. Turner used hickory and ash in his rendition. I'm thinking black walnut and ash or oak.
Posted: 2:04 pm on October 21st

PurdueDan PurdueDan writes: I would sure love read this one maybe while wrapped in a blanket laying on my chest.
Posted: 12:57 pm on October 21st

marshmonster marshmonster writes: I had an opportunity to see this book at a show and thought it was very well written and illustrated. I've been on a quest to build blanket chests for a few years with several in the "parts cut" category while I scratched my head on the different joinery options. Time gets away and other projects come to the forefront, so my "parts" are still ready to get them to the final stage.

As I mentioned above this is a very good book. Whether you win or not, check it out for yourself, as I plan to do the same and get me over the hump from thinking to doing!
Posted: 12:23 pm on October 21st

NickJW NickJW writes: Ooh, yes please!
Posted: 11:16 am on October 21st

JLYoung JLYoung writes: I'd love to have a blanket chest at the foot of our bed. I hope I win!
Posted: 10:03 am on October 21st

allgona allgona writes: Looks like a great book!
Posted: 9:13 am on October 21st

philh philh writes: I would love to build more blanket chests like these.
Posted: 8:33 am on October 21st

Barkley629 Barkley629 writes: Cool book and one that I've been wanting to get.
Posted: 8:08 am on October 21st

byerbyer byerbyer writes: Allons-y!
Posted: 7:45 am on October 21st

RVH RVH writes: I've built a number of them, but I'm always looking for new ideas.
Posted: 5:48 am on October 21st

330woody 330woody writes: If i win, i will read it cover to cover. ....
Posted: 3:49 am on October 21st

PhilBradley PhilBradley writes: Hello, I would love to win this book. Taunton Press print some of the best books I own and I suspect this one will be just as good. Always packed with useful and handy hints with great images.
Posted: 3:10 am on October 21st

GBurg GBurg writes: Looks like a great book.
Posted: 11:43 pm on October 20th

joewoodwork68 joewoodwork68 writes: Sounds like a very interesting book!
Posted: 10:26 pm on October 20th

RussB2332 RussB2332 writes: I never won anything in my life but, still trying.
Posted: 10:06 pm on October 20th

WenShank WenShank writes: I don't really have plans to build a blanket chest but I'd love to modify one to make a toy chest for my son's 1st birthday.
Posted: 9:53 pm on October 20th

wood4nh wood4nh writes: Looks like great Christmas gift ideas. I'll let you know how they come out.
Posted: 9:04 pm on October 20th

RobertWhiteneck RobertWhiteneck writes: Would be the perfect book for a great project.
Posted: 7:55 pm on October 20th

Boatlover Boatlover writes: We have just down-sized after the adult kids moved out but I still have the wood from a Sydney Blue Gum that grew in our backyard. I'd love to make a blanket chest for my daughter and hopefully this book might give me the perfect design to use, if I'm lucky enough to win.

Posted: 7:55 pm on October 20th

308defense 308defense writes: Hi:
It sounds like a great book. My library is very limited and help me add to this book to it.
Thank you
Posted: 7:28 pm on October 20th

Nato Nato writes: This would be a great book to have in my library.
Posted: 7:24 pm on October 20th

dcp dcp writes: I would enjoy reading this book. Thank you.
Posted: 7:17 pm on October 20th

Sablebadger Sablebadger writes: I'd like this book.
Posted: 3:19 pm on October 20th

kemper kemper writes: Once I am finished the Shaker style end table this would be a great opportunity to add a blanket chest in the bedroom. Thanks for the chance at winning this book.
Posted: 3:17 pm on October 20th

GlenRoseBud GlenRoseBud writes: My wife wants me to build a blanket chest.
Posted: 2:21 pm on October 20th

costellon costellon writes: Thanks for the chance to win this book. I have always wanted to build a chest and this would make a great reference.
Posted: 1:34 pm on October 20th

RoBanJo RoBanJo writes: My daughter in-law was supposed to inherit a blanket chest. Sadly it didn't happen. So I started thinking about building one for her in the style of the missed desire. More ideas are almost always better just short of the point of confusion. Blanket chests must be the new let's build it thing. I sure have seen quite a few different options in the magazines as of late.
Posted: 1:30 pm on October 20th

sporter53 sporter53 writes: I really should build a blanket chest eventually, and this would really help.
Posted: 1:12 pm on October 20th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Another hat in the ring...
Posted: 12:49 pm on October 20th

Nyeman Nyeman writes: I should really build a blanket chest. This would be helpful to decide on a style!
Posted: 12:36 pm on October 20th

jdmaher jdmaher writes: 2014 will be the year of the blanket chest, for me. 10 to be made, hopefully each one somewhat unique to the individual family member. I could really use the input!
Posted: 11:26 am on October 20th

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