blanket chest and seat

Blanket chests are an extremely useful and
enjoyable item to have in a bedroom. They can double as a bench as well
as a chest. The seat can be made with sides and a back, so that a cushion
will fit without sliding off. This chest features dovetail joints, which
are used to put the chest together, as well as for a decorative feature.
You can cut these dovetails using a band or circular saw, just be careful
when laying out the lines.

The tail members, on both the front and
back can be cut on the band saw. The pin members which are cut on the ends
of the chest can be done using the circular saw, if you set the crosscutting
fence at an angle of 19 degrees. Place the ends in a vertical position
against the crosscutting fence, in order to make the cuts. It is best to
make the pin members first. Then you can scribe lines for the tail members
and use the end to be joined to it as a pattern. Then you will be ensured
a perfect joint.

A molding should be cut on the strip which
will be fastened to the lid, and to the upper edges of the members, which
will make the feet. The feet then should be joined with a miter at the
front. At the back they are nailed to a 2 inch strip, fitted between the
two, and to the chest. Don’t forget to nail the bottom of the chest to
the inside before the feet are put on.

Although you can use almost any type of
wood for the chest, poplar is an excellent choice. Poplar has grain firm
enough to make dovetail joints and is sure to produce a nice finished product.


Materials Needed


Description Pieces Dimension
Front and Back 2 3/4 x 15 1/4
x 46 1/2
Ends 2 3/4 x 15 1/4
x 20
Bottom< 1 3/4 x 18 1/2
x 45
Lid 1 3/4 x 20 x 46
Strip on the
front edge of lid
1 3/4 x 1 1/4
x 48
Seat ends on
2 3/4 x 6 x 20
Seat back on
1 3/4 x 4 x 48
Feet at front 1 3/4 x 4 x 48
Feet at ends 2 3/4 x 4 x 20
Strip under
chest,between feet at back
1 3/4 x 2 x 46
Chest hinges 2



Blanket Chest and Seat with Dovetailed Corners