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Paneled Blanket Chest

Before I started building the chest, I found some high-quality brass hardware. I bought mine by mail order, but you might find some of it locally.

CHEST LOCK & ESCUTCHEON. The 31/2" chest lock might be the most difficult item to come by. I bought mine from Lee Valley (00P27.35), but VanDyke's Restorers carries a pretty similar lock. The escutcheon (01A1910) was ordered seperately from Lee Valley.

HINGES, PULLS, CHAIN & BUMPERS. The brass hinges, brass bail pulls, chain, and stem bumpers are all pretty standard items and are more commonly available. Several of the sources listed carry the same or similar items, but I ordered the pulls from Rockler (35402) to match those I used on the bedside chest in Woodsmith No.139.

BRACKET FEET. If you want to include bracket feet on your chest but don't want to make them, there are a couple sources for ready-made feet. Both Rockler and Van Dyke's carry bracket feet similar to those pictured in cherry and a couple other woods.

BEDSIDE CHEST PLANS. If you'd like to order the bedside chest plans from issue No. 139, they can be purchased on our web site, see box below.

ROUTER BITS. To build the blanket chest, I used three different profile bits. The cap and base molding were made with a 1/4" Roman ogee bit (Amana #49206). (And the same bit is used for the caps and feet of the arch-top headboard.) On the panel molding I used a classical cove and bead bit (Amana #54130). And finally for the drawer fronts you'll need a 1/4" ogee fillet (Amana #54114). Again this bit did double duty on the headboard molding and the panels.

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