If you live in an older home you’ll no doubt have found that closet space is at a premium; for some reason builders didn’t include adequate closet space for the storage of seasonal clothing, and other household items.
Here is a project that will give you a place to store winter items in the summer, summer items in the winter, or anything else you care to toss in throughout the year.
The construction of this blanket chest is straightforward and uses common materials and techniques. I used Douglas fir for the frames and legs, and mahogany plywood for the panels. Several coats of milk paint give the panels a depth and sheen that is hard to achieve using modern finishes. For a more elegant and refined look, try this project using walnut for the frames and maple or cherry for the panels. The dimensions of this project are such that all of the frame parts can be cut from 2′ x 6′ dimensional lumber. Adjust the dimensions as required to fit your room. The joints between the frame members are mortise and tenon, twins on the top rail and quadruples on the lower rail. I milled these joints using a mortise and tenon jig with a router and an appropriately sized spiral cutter. If you are cutting these in a traditional manner, larger single mortise and tenons would be equally effective. The panels fit into grooves in the rails and legs.
Finishing the Panels
Finishing the Frame
Assemble the Chest
Top it Off
Attach the Lid and Stash your Stuff
Milk paint available at Homestead House Paints homesteadhouse.ca
Friction lid stays available at Lee Valley Tools leevalley.com