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jack55

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Decided to have a go at making this Blanket Box, it was featured in the Fine Woodworking Mag a few years ago. I purchased the plans in December so don't feel guilty about copying it,although no doubt there will be variations.



It was originally made using Hickory and Ash. I will settle on Oak and Sycamore.



Not the best oak boards in the world and some parts have a twist.



But did manage to cut it up to salvage enough for the ends and the rails.



The ends are the key to the main construction so decided to start there



The plans came with a step by step companion article which helps :D

As described in that article a simple jig was needed to cut the 3 degree taper on the ends.



All four ends cut to size.


The tricky bit was cutting the top and bottom of the ends to 3 degrees, as the ends of the box taper in. The actual cutting was easy enough, and this helps



The tricky bit was making sure the angles were cut in the right direction.
The next step is to cut the mortises and rebates in the ends. Now here is where having a sacrificial top comes in handy as I don't have any bench dogs or vises.
A number of years ago I made an assembly bench, the top is an inch thick chipboard and an inch thick MDF with hardboard on top.



I simply screw some battens to the top and sandwich the work piece between them.







The plans call for two mortises cut side by side with a 1/8th gap between them, I went for one and made it 1/2" wide as the rails are all 1" thick.
Having done the mortises I just switched the cutter from 1/2" to a1/4" and then there was no need to make any adjustments to the router or fence.



Having shaped the ends I needed to cut similar mortises and rebates in the end. This I did on the Woodrat.



The plans use floating tenons which overcomes the angles caused by the tapering of the ends. However, being an silly person I decided to cut tenons into the rails.
Because the ends of the box taper in towards the top the tenons need to be cut at an angle.
So I made another simple jig and clamped the rails to it and cut the tenons on the woodrat.



I also used the stops to help repeat the cuts on all the ends.



Here is one end dry fitted together.





So far so good, don't go too far away as i will probably be screaming help as this progresses.
 

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Hi there,
looking good so far, must be nice to take wood from the raw to the finished article.
Also like the idea of the 'multi-function' table on a table idea, I've one dedicated space and some ply to use up so will use this idea as well if you don't mind... =D>

Cheers!
 

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I find it comes in handy and its on wheels so I can move it about, Its also the same height as the router table so comes in handy for supporting door panels and long bits. I originally made it to store the thicknesser and a small planer. Some threaded nuts in the top helped to secure the planer.

 

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just watched your video on scrap, what was that timber with the rectangle hole all about?

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Its just the way I bought it, was salvaged from a demolition job I think. I just cut it up and glued it together and used it for the face frames, doors and draw fronts for the units in the shed
 

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Made the sides 5" shorter than the plans as it is going to my niece who is having her first baby. So I think it would be a better fit in her nursery. The original has three panels in the sides. but after cutting the dividing rail ( I made it twice as wide then planed on ripping it in half so both pieces would be the same sizes), and testing it for fit I decided to keep it that width and reduce the number of panels to two.



The plan also calls for the panels to be solid wood 1" thick. I was originally going to use sycamore but once I cleaned up the board the there was too much sap wood in it and I didn't like the end result so I decided not to make the panels out of 1" stock but to use the sycamore on the inside and oak on the outside and glue them to a piece of MDF.


Dry fit seems to be okay.



 

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Very interesting post and the blanket box looks good. As mentioned the workshop video build I also found worth watching, and the scrap waste one.

Thanks for showing.
 
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