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Hey guys! I asked my current romantic interest (my engagement didnt work out, no big deal tho ) to finish this sentence "Honey, build me a..." and she said blanket chest. Now, my trucks past inspection and im waiting on parts so it will pass, so i can only go to a finite number of places and dodge the fuzz... My wood options are: Pine, Cedar, Red Oak (not at all my first choice), Aspen, Poplar, and Doug Fir. I'd like to try Aspen, but i also like Fir. Only reason I ask because I've never built one and not sure which would be best. I plan to line it with aromatic cedar.

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I think you'll find Aspen to be too soft for your needs. If you can find some quality "clear" pine (no large knots), that will work nicely but the end result may be too light for your satisfaction. People generally want things like blanket chests to have some weight to them.

I would suggest either poplar or red oak. Poplar can have some serious color variations, so if you go that route, plan on using a stain when you do the finish.

One advantage to using red oak is that you can buy it in plywood sheets pretty cheap at Lowes. Depending on the style of chest you are planning to make, that may be one way to go seeing as this is to be your first attempt at making a chest. Here is an example of one I made using both solid boards and plywood panels.



This one was made from clear pine using a stain called Colonial Pine and serves as a toy chest for my grandson.

Also, you can save yourself some dough by using aromatic cedar only on the "floor" of the chest rather than lining the entire thing with the stuff.

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Now, my trucks past inspection and im waiting on parts so it will pass, so i can only go to a finite number of places and dodge the fuzz...
Been there, done that lol. Good luck. I am doing a similar project out of elm. I haven't worked with very many of the woods you mentioned, but just like Johnie said about Aspen I tend to think the same about pine. Just MHO

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I built a toy chest for my kids out of cedar and it has held up fine. I have 4 boys between ages 7-3 so as you can imagine they aren't delicate on it. The only minor issue I had was when making dovetails, the cedar was quick to chip out. But other than that, I would build another one out of cedar and be happy.
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I understand that poplar takes stain very well and that you can imitate other, more expensive woods (namely cherry). I have never tried to do this, but I have read about it. Poplar also takes paint very well.

I think poplar is harder and heaver than pine and aspen, though I wouldn't swear on it. It is relatively soft compared to other hard woods though.

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Thanks for the input guys. Going to consider oak or cedar.

"If you don't want to wear chaps, that's fine with me I wouldn't in this heat either, just be careful. The crazy part is: it's 97 degrees out and youre wearing blue jeans. I don't see why you refuse to just wear shorts if you don't want chaps. Jeans are not going to stop a chainsaw from ruining your day."
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