Walnut Curved-Top Blanket Chest
Woodworker: Jerry CousinsCousins had long wanted to build a curved-top chest with the lower panels inlaid with tulips, when he stumbled on the perfect piece of claro walnut for the top. He then knew he needed a different wood for the panels, one that would showcase the marquetry but not clash with the swirly walnut grain. He chose straightgrained afromosia. Finished with shellac, lacquer, and wax, the chest is 16 in. deep by 40 in. wide by 25 in. tall.