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ast year, in Issue No. 139, we fea-ILJ tured a bedside chest. Since then, we've received a number of requests asking for plans for furniture pieces to fill out the set. In this issue, we have two projects that fit the bill.

BLANKET CHEST. We started with the blanket chest shown on page 26. It shares many of the same features as the bedside chest — bracket feet, traditional frame and panel construction, and routed drawer fronts. All in all, it's a rather straightforward project as far as the joinery goes. For the most part, it's just stub tenons and grooves.

Well, we ended up with a great project for the foot of the bed. So we decided to design a woodworking project for the head of the bed as well.

HEADBOARD. I thought it might be nice to try and create an arch-top frame and panel headboard — one that would incorporate some of the details included in the blanket chest.

Making a curved rail may sound like a complicated procedure. But it's really pretty simple. All you need is a band saw, a drum sander, and a little handwork with a file and sandpaper.

As for joining the rail to the stiles of the frame, a curved top rail could mean some rather tricky cutting and fitting — if you're using traditional mortise and tenon joinery.

But with this project we took a different approach. The entire frame is held together with splines and grooves. Not only does this make assembling the frame easier, it also gave us an opportunity to do something different with the panels. Instead of using traditional panels that fit into grooves, the headboard panels "float" on top of the frame and are held in place with splines.

If you would like to learn more about this technique, check out the article that starts on page 6.

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