The vertical lines on the two panel dividers will be inlayed with
Routing of the dividers for the ebony inlay. I used a 1/8" downcut spiral bit.
Two shims that were used to get the required spacing for the
Sizing the ebony inlay strips. I used a piece of scrap wood that was cut
at 90° to rest the chisel on while slicing very small pieces off. (In
this picture the stile on the right being used to clamp the workpiece was
a practice piece.)
The slats will be attached using Loose Mortise and Tenon joinery.
I mortised the ends of all the rails using a 1/4" upcut spiral bit and used my mortising jig (see Mortise fixture 3.0).
The panels are made from 1/2" solid cherry and are beveled on the inside so that they can fit into the 1/4" groove of the rails.
The bottom of the blanket chest was made from tongue and groove cedar and rests on ledgers that are glued and screwed to the inside of the bottom rails. For extra strength I added a center floor support that spans the width of the chest. This was attached to the ledgers using pocket screws.