Whenever I get asked what I do, I respond that I am woodworker. What follows is usually a mix of confusion, appreciation, and curiosity. Once the curiosity has settled, people will generally talk about their experience with furniture or other woodworkers.The experience never loses its charm and I find people's interest in the craft inspiring. I was having a similar conversation with a couple recently settling into Brooklyn, when they mentioned a desire for a chest to store linens.
I surveyed a few blanket chest designs and presented them with 2 options, and here is what we agreed upon:
For those SU inclined folks the model can be viewed and downloaded here:
along with the option that was not chosen: (better sharpen your chisels and put your "big boy" pants on for this one)
I would love to here any feedback on the models, especially if someone decides to build from them.
The design is based on a fantastic article from finewoodworking, as a handtool exercise project (Issue #134, p. 48)
This is a classic 18th century six-board blanket chest design. The client has requested a dark tone, and I believe walnut will fit the bill. A simple oil and varnish finish for the exterior with a shellac interior.