Peter Turner's blanket chest combines angled joinery with straightforward construction. The legs of the frame-and-panel chest serve as end pieces for the front, back, and end frames. Battens help keep the one-piece top flat. All thicknesses are beefy for heft, with double floating tenons for strength. To emphasize the length of the chest, the grain of the panels runs horizontally. To keep the construction manageable, all the angles are the same, off from square by 3°. Floating tenons make for secure angled joints with little fuss.

Peter Turner's finish recipe is also available for this project.

From Fine Woodworking #203


CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.


Woodworking Plans

Editor's note: Updated PDF file 7/10/2009 to fix an error on the blanket chest plan. The dimensions for the bottom panels are 10-3/4 in. wide by 11-1/2 in. long.