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I have made several of these Shaker blanket chests with drawer. Although not a strict reproduction, I took elements from several different examples of Shaker pieces to make one that feels very pleasing to me. The design represents the transition of chests over time, beginning with the simple "six board" type and ending up with a full "chest of drawers", with the opening lid becoming just a fixed top.

This one pictured is made in a spectactularly figured cherry, with wide boards ( a single board spans the front down to the drawer.) If that is of interest to you, let me know, and I'll search up some similar fine woods. I can also make it with more plain figured woods, which yield a very handsome piece of furniture as well.

Construction is solid and traditional, with lots of hand cut dovetails joining the case parts and drawer sides, and mortice and tenons on the internal frames. The lid opens to reveal a large space to store wollens (kept fresh with some cedar lining), while the drawer is useful for smaller items.

I often adjust the finished size of this chest to suit the boards being used. But they measure approximately 40" wide x 19" deep x 27" high. The price is $3,900 (somewhat more for figured wood). If you are interested, I wrote about this piece in Fine Woodworking, #172.

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65 Delano Road, Woolwich, Maine