A Shaker Blanket Chest
Dovetails, figured wood, and traditional moldings enhance this timeless piece
Synopsis: Charles Durfee’s traditional Shaker blanket chest design harkens back to the days when horizontal wood grain was used on chest sides, allowing the carcase to be joined by dovetails and the sides to move together with seasonal changes in humidity. In addition to his instructions for building the piece, Durfee gives a trouble-shooting primer on what to do when things go wrong with your dovetails.
The earliest storage chests were simple boxes made of six boards. As they evolved, a base, or plinth, was added to lift them off the floor and give them aesthetic appeal, while molding the edges created a more finished look. However, anyone who used such a chest soon found that they had to fish around for small items that ended up on the bottom. To solve this problem, furniture makers added first one drawer, and then two or even three drawers. Finally, the…
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CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.