- Product # 071312
- Type Paperback
- ISBN 978-1-60085-299-2
- Published Date 2011
- Dimensions 9 3/16 x 10 7/8
- Pages 176
- Photos 260
- Drawings 46
No project has more universal appeal among woodworkers at every skill level than the blanket chest. It’s a simple form — essentially a large box with a lid — and yet it can be complex, elaborate, and intricately detailed. This collection of 30 original designs by artisans from around the globe illustrates the versatility of the chest, one of the oldest forms of furniture. The book opens with an overview of chest-building techniques; following are the chests, each of which features design and construction details, working drawings, and technical details of the more challenging pieces. Chests range from traditional to contemporary and offer inspiration to woodworkers and furniture makers of all skill levels. Approximately 200 photos and 50 drawings illustrate these designs.
About the Author
Scott Gibson is a woodworker and former editor of Fine Woodworking magazine. He now writes for a number of publications, including Fine Homebuilding. He is the author of The Workshop and Bathroom Ideas that Work and co-author of Green from the Ground Up and Toward a Zero Energy Home. Peter Turner designs and builds furniture at his home in South Portland, Maine.
- Table of Contents
Waterfall Chest – Brian Sargent, New Hampshire
Bermudan Chest – Austin Matheson, Maine
Red Leaf Chest – Michael Cullen, California
Plain and Simple – John McAlevey, Maine
A Chest for Life – Laura Mays, Ireland
Modern Lines – Libby Schrum, Maine
The Un-Chest – Robert Schultz, Wisconsin
Chest of Blankets – Richard Vaughan, Australia
Dogwood Blanket Chest – Craig Thibodeau, California
A Chest for Work – Terry Moore, New Hampshire
Little House – Peter Pierobon, British Columbia
Sea Chest – Mitch Ryerson, Massachusetts
A Boat Builder’s Chest – Ejler Hjorth-Westh, California
Flower Power – Brian Reid, Maine
Danika’s Chest – Ted Blachly, New Hampshire
Chest in the Round – Gregory Smith, California
Curly Cherry Classic – Charles Durfee, Maine
Celebrating Arts and Crafts – Darrell Peart, Washington
Alabama Man – J-P Vilkman, Finland
A Wedding Chest – Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, Massachusetts
Cabinetmaking Traditions – Bruce Eaton, New Hampshire
Pilgrim Century – David Stenstrom, Maine
Function Meets Elegance – Shona Kinniburgh, Scotland
Wood That Flows – Peter Turner, Maine
Treasure Chest – Chris Wong, Canada
Simply Proportions – Liza Wheeler, Maine
Box of Blue – Garrett Hack, Vermont
Chest as Storyteller – Jeffrey Cooper, New Hampshire
Unexpected Details – Carol Bass, Maine
A Pair of Oak Chests – Stephen Lamont, United Kingdom
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Chests are a very old form of furniture, used over thousands of years to store everything from wedding dowries to woolen blankets, table linens to winter sweaters. Although each chest is basically a box with a lid, craftsmen have been unusually inventive in tailoring this fundamental piece of furniture to the style and needs of their times.
This book contains 30 chests in styles that span at least 300 years and probably longer. There are a number of traditional period pieces; if not exact reproductions of early American and European chests, then they are at least heavily indebted to them. You’ll also find several strikingly contemporary pieces and a number that combine elements of old and new.
Many of the artisans here are from the United States, with a natural inclination toward American furniture forms. But we also have representation from Europe, Canada, and even Australia. With this depth of talent it is no surprise to see there are many ways of elevating what might be just a box into something entirely different.
For all of this diversity, construction techniques are straightforward, proven, and reliable. To that end, we have included a chapter at the beginning of the book—Chest-Building Techniques—that describes the essentials of joinery that might be used on any chest. As you continue through the book, you'll find with each chest a brief design explanation that addresses what the artisan had in mind, although not necessarily a description of how the chest was built. The accompanying drawings provide those details.
The work here demonstrates that a furniture form is only a starting point. If storage were the only aim, we could all use cardboard banker’s boxes. Thankfully, that’s not the case.