Building a Blanket Chest David Weissman
Joinery Basics for the Blanket Chest
Look at the blanket chest picture--the construction of the base is called "Panel and Frame"-a common method for doors (look at your room or kitchen cabinet doors). The Frame is made of Rails, the horizontal pieces, and Stiles, the vertical pieces, and the Panel, the center piece set to fit between them. Two types of joints are used to fit pieces together: Tongue and Groove Joint, most commonly found in wall paneling or wood flooring, and the Mortise/Tenon joint, used in many types of furniture construction such as chairs and chests.
Both Tongue/Groove and Mortise/Tenon joints can be constructed using a variety of hand and/or power tools-see training videos. When ready, click to view the first steps of milling grooves and mortises in the blanket chest pieces.
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