RAISED PANEL BLANKET CHEST PLANS
This blanket chest in this blanket chest plans. Is 35″ long 18″ wide and 23″ tall. We made the lid, end panels and the front out of 3/4″ solid oak. And we used 3/4″ oak plywood for the back and bottom . This size works great in front of a full or twin bed. And by all means if you need it for a queen or king just increase the length to desired measurements. You can use it as a blanket chest or for other things for instance . A hope chest or just a wooden storage chest. You may like our Toy Box Plans.
WOOD JOINTS USED IN BLANKET CHEST PLANS
Locking Miter: The locking miter makes a strong joint. In fact increases the glue surface we used it to attache the two end panels to the front. If you are unfamiliar with this joint. You can go to the joinery page to see how to make this joint.
Dado: We use this joint to attach the bottom to the side and front panels. The dado hides any bad edges as well as adding strength. If you are unfamiliar with this joint. You can go to the joinery page to see how to make this joint.
Rabbet joint : We use this joint on the back side of the two end panels. To give more glue surface when we put on the back panel.
TOOLS NEEDED FOR MAKING THE BLANKET CHEST
Locking miter bit
Dado blade or router bit for 3/4 plywood
Cabinet door router bits for the rails and stiles and the raised panels
Glue applicator Square
CUT LIST FOR BLANKET CHEST PLANS
The blanket chest plans panels for example are the same as making cabinet doors. You need to cut the rails and stiles first then measure and cut for the raised panel. Your measurement may be different than the ones we show here depending on what style cutters you are using. Tip when making the raised panels. It is better to glue up two pieces instead of using one large piece. The same goes for the lid. The large piece will tend to cup and warp.
CUTTING DADO AND RABBET
It Is important to remember when cutting the dado and rabbet that the bottom and back is 3/4″ plywood and 3/4 plywood is not 3/4 but 23/32″ so you need to set up your dado blade for that measurement and if you are using a router bit they make one for plywood.
CUTTING THE LOCKING MITER ON THE BLANKET CHEST PANELS
After you cut the dado and rabbet. You are ready to cut the locking miter joint on the the two outside corners. Make sure the edges are clean and sharp. After you cut them and use a backer board when cutting to help eliminate tear out . If you are unfamiliar with this joint. You can go to the joinery page to see how to make this joint.
CUTTING THE BOTTOM AND BACK PANELS
When cutting the bottom panel. Measure from inside of the dado to the front edge to the inside of the dado on the back panel . You want it to fit snug but not tight. You don’t want to put to much pressure on the locking miters. We will not give an exact measurement on this piece. Because it needs to be cut after the dado’s and rabbets are cut . This way if the dado are cut deeper or shallower you will not have to re-cut a new bottom piece.
The back panel: to get the correct length measure the front panel. And subtract the thickness of the rabbets and the height should be the same as the front panel. The dado should be cut at the same time as the rest. Just make the back panel a little longer so you can cut to fit.
BLANKET CHEST PLANS ASSEMBLY
When gluing up the blanket chest. Do a dry fit before you try to glue it together. In this case so you can make any adjustments. If all the parts fit then you are ready to start. Begin with the side panels and the front first. Apply the glue then slide the panels together. Be careful not to apply the glue to heavy. If it gets on the outside of the wood it has to come off. And will show up when you stain it. Now glue the dado then slide the bottom in. After the bottom is in add glue to the dado on the back panel. And the rabbets on the two side panels . Once the back is fitted then start to put on the clamps.
MAKING THE BLANKET CHEST LID
When making the lid be selective on the quality of the wood used, i would suggest quarter sawn if possible. Remember people will sit and stand on this so the stronger the better. To make the length and the width will depend on the overhang you want. We used a raised panel bit to cut the edge. And we went with 1/2″ overhang on the sides and front and the back is flush with the back panel.
We used a heavy duty piano hing
FEET FOR THE BLANKET CHEST
We use a simple square foot you can pick up at any hardware store. This type has a screw in the center. And a bracket that you attach to the bottom then screw the leg into it. There are many styles to choose from to create your own look. And if you do not want legs. For example just put pads under the blanket chest and set it on the floor.
Now that its finished all that is left to do is stain and varnish to your taste. We will be doing articles on some of the different finishes. You will be able to do so check back often.