I’ve been building another chest and it’s coming along pretty well. Overall dimensions are 30.25″ long x 20″ wide x 15.25″ high. The inside dimensions are 28″ long x 18″ wide x 14.5″ deep. Sound familiar?
This one has rabbets and nails, not dovetails.
Several people have asked me what I’ve been building lately and every time I’ve said “a blanket chest”. But is it? It could easily be a tool chest. I’m not sure it’s not a tool chest.
There are rabbets and nails at the corners, and there would be regardless of what the chest will hold.
Sawn and split by hand, like always.
There are shiplaps for the floorboards, cut with my shop-made fillister plane.
The toothed texture on the edge of the benchstop is very grippy.
And the chest will be painted, whether or not it holds hand planes or doilies. So what’s the difference? I think a tool chest has a proper skirt and dust seal, which isn’t necessary on a blanket chest. The lids may differ a bit as well.
But maybe, just maybe, there isn’t any real difference other than in my mind. I think I’m just ashamed that rather than build the furniture I need (like some more plant stands or a cat jungle gym for River), I’m building yet another chest. But I like building chests and I’ve had these boards for over a year.
And who knows, it might really be a blanket chest this time.