Post and Beam Blanket Box
I recently completed a blanket box for my daughter. This is actually the third I have made; one for each kid. It is my own “design,” if there is such a thing as designing a box. I refer to it as my “post and beam” box since the frame has thick members. The posts (stiles) are 7/4 and the beams (rails) are 5/4. The panels are 1/2. Each panel is resawn from the same 5/4 (6/4 rough) board as the rails, and then book-matched. This makes for pleasing continuity of color and grain. It is a bit of work and the wood is more expensive than 3/4 stock but I expect the kids will enjoy them for many years to come. The wood is cherry.
The post and beam joints are mortise and tenon, with pins. Groove in the stiles and rails hold the panels in place. The edge of the panel is cut with a “Shaker” panel bit. The shape on the edge of the top is done with hand planes. The inside has cedar panels that slip into slots in the rails.