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Old Floor boards= Blanket Chest

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 Old Tongue and groove Pine floor boards from an old school house.      Cleaned up, the T&G ripped off,    left a lot of 3/4' x 3"  vertical grain boards.     Using a frame and panel construction, and raised panels, made a box for the Blanket chest.    Raised panels were made using a table saw to made the 1/4" tongue around the edges of each panel.    This made a rabbet.     Then some work with a plane to round over the edges to "raise" the panel.   Next, a top. Not just any top, but a coopered top.   Edges of the boards were beveled to fit a curved frame.   A plane then smoothed out the top's curve.    Inside, the bottom, instead of plywood ( didn't have any on hand) a bunch of slats were fastened to cleats, with a slight1/16" gap between each slat.    Brass hinges and a brass latch completed the build.    An "Antigue Cherry"  stain with a couple coats of gloss poly finished thing off.


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