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A Blanket Chest with Legs

Simple frame-and-panel construction lets you break out of the boring box

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Instead of dovetails, John McAlevey used frame-and-panel construction on the blanket chest he designed and built in curly maple and cherry. The legs serve as the stiles of the frame-and-panel sides, so they are mortised for the rail tenons as well as grooved for the panel tongues. Detailed project drawings show a straightforward layout and the interesting shadow lines of the design. McAlevey explains how preparation pays dividends during mortising and how he used a cove bit to shape the panels. He says assembly is easy and tells how to do it in sections.

From Fine Woodworking #129

From Fine Woodworking #129, pp. 38

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