Oak and Walnut Chest

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Project by MattM24 posted 07-03-2012 05:57 AM 2845 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All wood was cut from 4/4 lumber. The box is 11/16” oak and the trim is 3/8” Walnut. The top is 1/4” Oak slats that were sanded to round and the straps are 1/8” walnut. Finished with Satin Polyurethane

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 06:22 AM

I love the look of this chest… what were the final dimensions? Great job!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 01:44 PM

Beautiful chest! Love the contrasting wood!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 04:32 PM

Great looking chest. Good job

-- Ben from IL

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 04:51 PM

It is 22×12x12

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 05:35 PM

That’s a really nice looking chest! I’ve been thinking about making a “small” chest like this for one of my next projects. Thanks for sharing!

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#6 posted 07-03-2012 09:20 PM

Great job, I love the top.

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#7 posted 07-03-2012 09:53 PM

Super nice. I like the wood combos

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 07-04-2012 12:15 AM


This design shows nice balance in color and form. A few questions:

How do you keep the lid from falling backward when you open it?
How are the top slats joined on the edges?
Are the sides joined in some form before the legs are applied?
Do you think the legs add to the design, or would it look better if they were just corners?
How do you make the walnut stripes on the top?

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 07-04-2012 02:20 AM

The top slats were cut at a 7 degree angle to join the best. The sides are 45 and since I was using the legs I just shot a few nails in it, Then covered with legs. I wanted to use them as just corners but the person it was for wanted to be able to get under it to lift it. the walnut stripes I cut on a band saw to a 1/4 planed to 3/16” and sanded to an 1/8” Then I soaked them in water for about five min and clamped to lid. When it dried I removed clamps and it somewhat held its shape so I put glue on it and clamped it with about 15 clamps. I had to go back and add a chain to the lid to keep it from going back on it self.

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#10 posted 07-04-2012 02:03 PM

Awsome box,very nice top

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 07-07-2012 06:58 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 07-15-2012 05:39 PM

that’s a really nice chest, i like the curved lid, it makes it look kind of pirate treasure-chesty :) and i love the contrast between the dark and light woods.

-- ''if you don't know what it does... don't f*** about with it'' - Ivan Hill, my grand farther

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