Fw Blanket Chest

As an additional source of income, I write. Mostly for magazines but right now I'm working with Scott Gibson on a book about blanket chests. Tune in mid-March, 2011.

This piece ended up on the cover of Fine Woodworking, issue 203, along with a how-to article. It was inspired by a photo of a 17th century English chest added to my remembrance of an old pine tool chest that was around in my folks' house when I was a kid.

The lid, panels and sliding, dovetailed tray are ash; the frames are shagbark hickory. I spliced an eye into each end of the lid stay.

The main photo shows a recently completed commission that grew out of the article. There are a few minor design changes to the battens and lid. For this one I used flatsawn cherry for the frames and quartered cherry for the panels.

Dimensions: 46"wide x 18"high x 17 1/2"deep

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