"Book matched" walnut footlocker

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Project by LarryB posted 01-13-2016 07:15 PM 1277 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The figured walnut was perfect for ‘book matching” the top, bottom, & four sides. The tray is red oak w/baltic ply bottom. Box measures 27.5”wd X 17”Lg X 12” high base + 5” lid. Note the rare earth magnet on a bottom leg to hold an extra key.
No stain on this one, three coats of water base, brush on poly really let the wood ‘pop’ and offers durable protection.
This one is for grandson #2. Next one will be out of cherry! Each box is custom.
Thanks for looking! Larry

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 07:32 PM

You have made a beautiful chest. Your Grandson should be very happy to receive this. Not to mention the future generations!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 07:38 PM

I have a concern. Can this lock without the key?........essentially crawl in, close cover and chest snaps shut without the need for a key? Then Grandson trapped inside. There was a tragedy about 5 years ago with 3 young girls in a linen chest who did the exact thing. Even if this is for a much older Grandson, the possibility exist in the future if this has a similar type of lock.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 07:59 PM

Smart idea with key and magnet. Harware looks great on this box. I like the 45 beveled shape of the top.You can’t miss with walnut, this colour is awesome on this box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 09:59 PM

Great looking chest Larry. The wood is really awesome. Thanks for sharing

-- Dale, Ohio

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 11:08 PM

Very nice chest, great use of figured walnut. I also will use the magnet idea, thanks.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 01-14-2016 01:42 AM

Very nice work ,the miters on the lid look like the grew together.outstanding.

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 04:18 PM

Ohwoodeye, great concern. Thanks for your thoughts.

The “lock” is from Rockler. It is spring loaded and stays in an upward unlocked position until it is physically pressed down and pushed shut. Yes it’s possible for someone to intentionally shut the lock with someone inside, but no different than if it had a hasp with a pad lock.
This lock is more ornamental since all of the screws are exposed for easy removal if a key is not available. The screws are small and could probably be quickly pried loose.
PS – (The two youngest grandsons are now 9. We plan to give these to the boys on their 12th or 13th birthdays.)

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