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John Hedges
01-18-2008, 9:09 AM
I have been meaning to post these for a little while now. I designed and made this for my wife for XMAS to match the bed I made for her last XMAS (each year I make a new piece of the bedroom set till completed). The box is made of hard maple and Mahogany. The top center is a raised veneer panel of birdseye and mahogany with a Mahogany frame. The veneered section was planned to be all birdseye maple but when I resawed the piece of birdeye I bought it had a large defect on it, so I changed the design, cut out the defect and added the mahogany stripe, but I think I would have preferred the solid birdseye (however the wife is pleased so I think I'm OK). I lined the inside with cedar (man that stuff is hard on the blades).

Thanks to John Fry for his help on my veneering questions I had on this, and for his finish schedule which I've used on this piece and the bed. I am generally happy with the execution but if I were to do it again I would change my design to have a different edge profile on the lid.

Excuse the mess in the room, as we are getting ready to redo the rest of the room (paint, curtains etc.) and with a new puppy in the teething stage debris seems to be everywhere.




John Hedges
01-18-2008, 9:10 AM



scott spencer
01-18-2008, 9:10 AM
Beautiful work John. Looks like a big hit with the girls too!

John Hedges
01-18-2008, 9:11 AM

frank shic
01-18-2008, 9:16 AM
beautiful job, john!

gary Zimmel
01-18-2008, 9:55 AM

Beautiful looking blanket chest. Excellent joinery.

Now thats something the girls will be proud of!

keith ouellette
01-18-2008, 9:59 AM
I love that chest and I think the mixture of woods was a good idea but those don't look anything like blankets. I hope you aren't charging them rent for the cramped quarters.

Montgomery Scott
01-18-2008, 10:11 AM
I like the balance of the mahogany to the maple and the ropey figure in the carcass.

Is that Honduran mahogany or khaya or something else?

Billy Chambless
01-18-2008, 10:16 AM
That's exactly what I think furniture should be -- a work of art, yet totally functional. I am truly impressed.

Chuck Lenz
01-18-2008, 10:19 AM
Very nice, it goes good with the bed.

Greg Cole
01-18-2008, 10:23 AM
Very well done.
I sympathize about the puppy, I have a less than 6 month old puggle that I still drag to work with me every day & he's into EVERY & ANYTHING.
What's the step stool for next to the bed.. for the puppy? LOL

julie Graf
01-18-2008, 10:32 AM
nice job - beautiful bedroom set. I really like that the woods are featured with the simple design and contrast.

what type of cedar did you use? i am making a hamper and am deciding between the solid panels and veneer.


Jim W. White
01-18-2008, 11:04 AM

I like everything about this project. I would not change a thing! I think the top looks great in two long panels. Excellent work!

Jim in Idaho

Brent Ring
01-18-2008, 11:09 AM
Gorgeous - I have some plans to do these coming up and I will keep these pictures in mind.


Bill Wyko
01-18-2008, 11:34 AM
John the bed and the blanket box are excellent. Someday you'll have a problem though. Which kid does it get passed down to. They should be prized possesions for generations to come. You should be very proud, you've done good.:)

Ralph Okonieski
01-18-2008, 1:00 PM
Absolutely beautiful! The center mahogony stripe looks great. I understand your "disappointment" but it looks great this way. Very, very nice.

George Bregar
01-18-2008, 1:16 PM
Mmmm through dovetails! Great chest.

Greg Muller
01-18-2008, 2:08 PM
You, sir, have a nice eye for beautiful wood!!
Can I ask you what the dimensions are and how you did the dovetails? Hand or jig?

I want to make a couple of those myself and am saving for the Akeda BC 24" for that purpose.


Mike Cutler
01-18-2008, 2:39 PM
Very nice chest John. It's gorgeous. It goes really well with the bed.

Jerry Casler
01-18-2008, 3:09 PM
great Blanket chest and bed John, my wife walked in when I was looking at that and said I want that, geez like I don't have enough honey do's going on. LOL:):rolleyes:

Jim Becker
01-18-2008, 4:46 PM
Very nice...both the bed and the chest. And those animated "blankets" in the first picture are quite a special feature.... :D :D Great job!

Carroll Courtney
01-18-2008, 4:52 PM
Now that is one nice matching set.Love that headboard and the curly maple and the mah. is a nice contrasting color.The girls looks like their having fun!

Benjamin Dahl
01-18-2008, 4:52 PM
John, that is great. thanks for sharing.

Dave Ray
01-18-2008, 5:41 PM
Great looking chest John, looks like the girls already claimed it for their own.

Dave Chrudimsky
01-18-2008, 6:05 PM
Beautiful work. I was curious, though, what made you decide on the dimensions for the chest. As I was looking at the bed behind the chest, it felt like I wanted to see the blanket chest a bit longer and a little less wide to fit the bed better.

Please, don't take this as criticism. Your work is truly inspirational!


Claudio Olivas
01-18-2008, 6:51 PM
Excellent craftmanship John.

Greg Just
01-18-2008, 8:33 PM

Very nice - did you make the bed too?

Jerry Olexa
01-18-2008, 8:42 PM
Good job....Nice detail, choice of material...looks very nice

Thom Sturgill
01-18-2008, 9:26 PM
That's definitely one pretty bedroom set you got started. Makes me anxious to see what you do for the side tables & chests. (Bet your wife feels the same :))

John Hedges
01-19-2008, 12:20 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments. The piece was a lot of fun to make but pales in comparison to a lot of the pieces I see here.


That is exactly what my wife said about making 2 (one for each daughter) but the oldest daughter helps me in the shop (handles the planer outfeed and is getting pretty good with handplanes). So I guess this one will be hers and the next one will be her sisters.


I made the bed for last years xmas present.'


The dimensions are 45" wide x 22" deep x 21" tall. The wife made the call on the dimensions when I brought some pieces of MDF into the room and modeled some different dimensions and let her make the call.

Greg Muller,

I used a D4 to cut the dovetails (got the VRS which was very nice to keep things clean). I got the jig a few years ago knowing I was going to be eventually building this piece and needing the capacity.

Mike Bosdet
01-19-2008, 12:49 AM
Just gorgeous! Wonderful work!

Ray Turney
01-19-2008, 9:13 AM
Very Very nice!

Dave MacArthur
01-20-2008, 4:20 AM
Fantastic, I really like it!

Ed Costello
01-20-2008, 11:22 AM
I want to build that bed!!! Is it your design???


Brian Rice
01-20-2008, 1:20 PM
I love using cherry and birdseye together, use it all the time. I usually don't respond when I see projects, but this one deserved it. Beautiful job.

Brian Rice

John Hedges
01-22-2008, 8:15 AM
I want to build that bed!!! Is it your design???

Ed, for the most part yes. I figured out what I wanted then found a plan that was close and used it for the dovetail spacing and the shaping of the bottom trim piece