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A miniature blanket chest that I made a few years ago. The box is cherry, the lid birdseye maple and the feet are curly maple. I like to recreate antique pieces often using traditional handtools. I have made a few of these over the years.

wonderandlisten 6 Nov 19
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That’s lovely: is it veneered or is that the solid wood?

OwlInASack Level 8 Nov 20, 2019

Thank you. It is all solid wood. While I do use veneer when I must, to repair an antique, it is much easier in general to build something like this out of solid wood.


Beautiful furniture

bobwjr Level 9 Nov 19, 2019

Thank you. This is actually only about 14" wide. Blanket chests were common in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. During the same period miniature blanket chests similar to this one were made but far less common.


Beautiful. I truly admire the ability to turn wood into something both useful and nice to look at.

Thank you. Wood is such a wonderful organic material. Working it with handtools is a kind of meditation for me.


A very pretty piece!

Thank You. It is the only one I have made so far with mixed and contrasting wood.


I got to see my Dad do that type of detailing it takes some skill. It's a nice piece.

RavenCT Level 9 Nov 19, 2019

Those must be great memories. It does take some practice and patience. I taught myself by reading books about how to dovetail and other skills that were common before electricity. Do you know how your father learned his skills?

@wonderandlisten His Dad was a Master Carpenter - so he would have learned many of the skills from him - later he learned some skills from books as well. He really enjoyed woodworking his entire life - it was a real joy for him.

@wonderandlisten Oh and PBS - "This Old House" etc. back in the day... I imagine those shows are probably still running in some format or other. As there are plenty of folks interested.

@RavenCT The Woodwright's Shop was my favorite.

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