Arts & Crafts Blanket Chest

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Plywood and solid cherry combine to create elegant storage.

Designer/Builder/Writer: Andy Rae

Built primarily from cherry plywood with solid cherry frames, this handsome two-drawer chest provides plenty of storage for bedding, linens, or any number of keepsakes.

Look a little closer and you’ll notice details that you wouldn’t expect to find on what’s basically a biscuit-joined plywood box. On the outside, offset rails and panels, and ebony accents give the piece a flair that’s reminiscent of Greene & Greene style. Open the drawers and lid, and you’ll find Spanish cedar-bottomed drawers and liners that impart a spicy scent. (See page 76 for more information about Spanish cedar.) You’ll appreciate the way the drawers slide to a gentle stop on shop-made leather bumpers. A unique self-stopping, soft-closing lift, found at an auto parts store, ensures that the top opens and closes smoothly and safely for years to come.

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