Make a Curved Lid
Making a curved lid for a blanket chest, and making it look good, seems like a daunting task. However, there is an easy way. Take a look at this tutorial produced by the DIY Network.
The gist is to first create a bending form. The form is the key, and something that is not too difficult to build once you have established the curve. Then stack glued veneer sheets together to create a wood sandwich. Bend the sheets over the form. Once everything is secure and in place, use a vacuum press to cure the veneer sheets together.
That’s the abridged version. Read the tutorial for the nitty gritty.