When I was searching for wood to make this chest, I was looking for something special. This is a simple design that relies on the joinery (the dovetails) and the wood itself to make it interesting. I found this "flame" red birch at a dealer here in Maine and some of these boards were 13"-15" wide! Wide boards with this much curly grain are difficult to come by in red birch. I had found exactly what I was looking for!
There are 64 hand cut dovetails in this blanket chest. The top, when open, is held in place with brass chains. one on each end. Inside the chest, there are 2 half shelves, with handles, that can be removed to allow easy access to the lower half of the chest.
Dimensions: 41" long X 21" wide X 28" tall