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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.
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zbop, thanks. If you are interested in the panel bit it is a Whiteside product.
james, the finish is simiple oil and wax. Blotching, no. May just be how the wood fibers caught light in the picture.
Eric, you should not demean your beautifully built piece of furniture by calling it a BOX. It is a blanket CHEST and I think a very attractive one, at that. I particularly like the way you did the solid panels with a slight reveal. I haven't seen one done like this, and to me, Cherry truly makes a beautiful piece of furniture. I'm sure that each one that you have built for your children will be treasured for years to come. Nothing says love like something that you create with your own time and effort. Great job!!
Nice work. I love the deep color. What is the finish? I see there is some slight splotching on the front. Does it stand out much in real life? I love cherry. But it is always a crap shoot with the splotch.
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