Build a Tiger Maple & Cherry Blanket Chest with Patrick Murrin August 24-28, 2020


$825 tuition; $275 payable to Bob

Key Points:
*Wedged through tenons
*Raised panels
*Hand chamfering the through tenons
*Making curved parts
*Installing butt hinges
*Using handplanes & card scrapers
*Using hollow chisel morticer, tablesaw, jointer & thickness planer

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel blanket chest with tiger maple panels and a cherry frame. Based on a design by Maine furniture maker, John McAlevey, it differs from the usual blanket chest by utilizing frame & panel construction rather than the typical solid slab construction with through dovetails. This type of construction makes the chest appear lighter and the shadow lines, raised panels and chamfered legs give the piece a lot of visual interest. The shimmering tiger maple panels are set off by the darker cherry frame and the through wedged tenons add a unique decorative detail that is a subtle, but important, feature of the piece. The chest was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking magazine several years ago. Students will begin the week with milling lumber, cutting parts, cutting joinery, dry-fitting joints and gluing up sub-assemblies. This is not a beginner project, but is a great introduction to more complicated furniture projects.