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Issue #270 - April 2002
Cutting Diagram
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Craftsman Style Blanket Chest Ottoman
I always enjoy hearing people’s initial reaction to a project. For this blanket chest, the legs attracted the most attention. If you look at the photo to the right, it’s easy to see why. The thick, tapered legs made of solid, straight-grained oak really set this chest apart.
Well, talking about the legs naturally brought up a few questions. Like what’s the best way to cut the long, gradual tapers? And what about the joinery? Doesn’t it require making tricky, angled cuts?
For starters, all it takes to make the tapers are a table saw and a shop-made jig. Now don’t worry, this isn’t a complicated jig that takes longer than the project to put together. In fact, you can knock it out in about 10 minutes. The result? Identical tapers on each leg.
As for the joinery, there aren’t any tricky, angled cuts. That’s because each leg is tapered on the outside edge only. Although it might not look like it at first glance, the inside edges of each leg are actually straight.
This design simplifies the joinery considerably. To assemble the case, I used stub tenon and groove joints — a strong, fast method of connecting the legs, rails and plywood panels.

Of course, there’s more to this chest than sturdy construction. Making an arched front rail and a dovetailed drawer, along with “aging” hardware all present some interesting challenges. Plus, they create a classic looking chest that will definitely stand the test of time.
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