These heirloom blanket chests are designed to showcase the natural beauty of highly figured American hardwoods. The fronts of the chests are mitred to the sides, allowing the grain to run continuously from the left side, across the front and around the right side. The back panel is attached with hand-cut dovetails.
I incorporate contrasting breadboard ends, inlays, ogee bracket feet as well as English locks and hardware to create pieces that are both functional as well as gorgeous. The bottoms are made of aromatic cedar.
42" long x 21" wide x 26" tall $3,800*
*Based on figured wood. Non-figured-wood options are available at lesser cost.
The chests can be customized with inscriptions, inlays, jewelry boxes and virtually any other embellishment that can make your piece truly special.
This pair of chests in curly cherry was made as heirloom gifts for my client's wife and daughter. I incorporated the sapwood as a design element to compliment the figured maple breadboard ends and carved maple plaques. With the mitered fronts, the grain and sapwood band runs continuously from left, across the front, and around the right side.
This chest features a removable jewelry box made of the same cherry and maple as the chest. Also visible is the aromatic cedar floor.
The jewelry box features felt-lined drawers and compartments and removable sliding trays. It also features half-mortise lock and premium brass quadrant hinges.
The oval sunburst inlay is made with mahogany, boxwood and maple and adds a beautiful design element to the chest.
Blanket Chest in Walnut
This chest in beautiful and rare figured walnut measures 42 inches wide x 21 inches deep x 26 inches tall. It features ogee bracket feet and figured maple breadboard ends. The front and sides were cut from the same plank and joined so that the grain runs continuously around the front.
When designing my pieces I look for opportunities to take advantage of grain patterns. With this chest I was able to arrange the cuts to allow the beautiful elliptical ring pattern to be centered on the front panel.
The carved plaque is a nice reminder of the personal sentiment every time the lid is opened.
Here you can see the elliptical grain pattern centered on the front panel which adds a subtle design element that adds to the overall look of this beautiful piece.
The chest features a half-mortise lock with hand-inlayed maple escutcheon.
The scallop inlay is made of maple and walnut and is set into the lid using gauges and chisels. The surrounding circular maple band is incised with a blade and compass.
Figured maple breadboard ends are attached with floating tenons to allow for natural wood movement. They are joined with complementary walnut pegs.
The rear panel is joined to the sides with hand-cut dovetails which adds both strength and a beautiful visible joint.
Blanket Chest in Curly Cherry
This chest in curly cherry shows off the beautiful grain of this special wood. The lid is made with solid cherry and is attached to a subframe to allow for natural wood movement.
Supporting the chest are ogee bracket feet which add elegance to the box form. The feet are hand-shaped using rasps.
This is a storage chest that was created to store four six-foot leaves for a matching expanding pedestal dining table (see Marianne table under Tables). Made in solid maple and feature raised panels and stained in Minwax Honey.