Treasure Chest

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Project by FlairWoodworks posted 06-14-2011 06:09 AM 2618 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Pacific yew chest was included in Taunton’s 2011 book titled Blanket Chests, authored by Peter S. Turner and Scott Gibson. It measures 36” x 21” x 17” high.

The lid was coopered and features a void between two live edges that serves as a handle. The lower half of the chest wass carved to follow the grain and the corners were dovetailed. I had barely enough wood to complete the chest, so that was an continuing challenge. So much in fact that the bottom was made from 24 pieces of yew glued together in a brick-like pattern.

The chest was finished with orange shellac. To compliment the chest, I could not find any suitable hardware in stores so I forged the strap hinges and handles. The hardware was fastened with clinched cut nails.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#1 posted 06-14-2011 06:26 AM

how cool is that

very cool

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 07:21 AM

The “Treasure” is the chest, not its contents. Very nice.

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 04:27 PM

Great looking chest – Really lie the yew

Thanks for sharing

Oh also – Welcome to Lumberjocks ! Lots of great ideas, info, inspiration, and support here (as many will tell ya – the site is quite addictive).. Enjoy…

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#4 posted 06-14-2011 05:11 PM


-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#5 posted 06-14-2011 08:22 PM

You did a really nice job on this chest, Chris. Congratulations.

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 03:29 AM

very very awesome. I really like the forged straps and handles. I’d like to see a blog on doing something like that. even tho it’s metalworking, not woodworking. wood & metal go gr8 together

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 03:43 AM

Thanks for the comments and feedback, Roger. The next time I make hardware like this, I will document the process to share on my blog. Let me know if you have any other suggestions.


-- Chris Wong -- --

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