Hickory and Ash Blanket Chest
Floating tenons and a consistent angle keep joinery manageable
Synopsis: 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
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.
When thumbing through furniture books, I find myself drawn to long, low chests, similar to the wooden chests my folks…
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CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.