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Blanket Chests    by Scott Gibson & Peter Turner order for
Blanket Chests
by Scott Gibson
Order:  USA  Can
Taunton Press, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Although it may appear to be a simple project, just a box and lip, making a chest can be a very satisfying and sometimes even challenging job for a woodworker. Like most things, the simplicity of the form of a chest can mask the complexity that makes some of these pieces of furniture real works of art.

'There are many ways of elevating what might be just a box into something entirely different,' write Gibson and Turner. In this book you'll discover thirty original designs from artisans from around the world, that take the simple chest to a new level and show a versatility of design.

Each chest is complemented with a richly detailed story of its evolution and construction, with working drawings and technical details of the more challenging pieces. This mélange of designs from traditional to contemporary not only shows what is possible but also acts as an inspiration to woodworkers and furniture makers to try their own hand at fashioning something truly unique from a very simple idea.

Read the book (especially the opening chapter on basic chest building techniques), check out the examples of some truly unique designs, and then try creating your own chest that showcases your skills and innovative ideas.

Besides the informative text, this guide includes 200 full-color photos and fifty drawings that will guide you through the process and pique your creative juices.

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