Treasure Chest

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 02-08-2013 10:35 PM 5023 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small treasure chest that could be used for jewelry, collectables, or even mail.

The box is made from African Mahogany and measures 16” wide, 5 3/4” deep, and 8 1/4” high. I used box joints with a curved coopered lid. The interior of the box is lined with red felt. The last photo shows the bevelled bottom which is made from pine. I utilized a piano hing for the lid.

I used Cabot cherry oil stain, and sealed it with two coats of orange shellac.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 10:50 PM

I like those through box joints. Nice job!

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 10:53 PM

Nice work there.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 11:25 PM

That is a beautiful box. I really like the lid.

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 12:23 AM

Very neat work. It looks well crafted.

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 12:50 AM

Very nice. I just did an arch top box and this is definitely the version 2.0 to mine. Love the top. Could you tell me the material you used for the lining? Beautiful box.

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

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 01:18 AM

That is one nice looking chest. I might have to try those through box joints one day, even though it looks tedious to do. I look at everything I make as being for sale so maybe I should invest some time in learning it.
Anyway, nice chest. How did you come up with the angle to cut for the lid?

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 01:41 AM

I like the box. The part I like the most about it is the coopered top.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 02:12 AM

sweet ! one of my favorites.

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 02:12 AM

Very nice. That curved top/lid looks pretty challenging to cut and to glue up.

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 04:32 AM

Beautiful , a treasure indeed.

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#12 posted 02-09-2013 01:26 PM

A treasure chest indeed. Nice details, nice build.

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#13 posted 02-09-2013 01:29 PM

Very clean lines. Beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 02-09-2013 01:50 PM

Nice Project…. Great job on the coopered top….. Iv’e always wanted to do one of those….. Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#15 posted 02-09-2013 02:03 PM

Thanks for all of the nice comments everyone.

jeffswildwood…the material for the box lining is felt. I found some felt at Rockler that had a sticky back, so I could just cut it to size, remove the backing, and stick it in place. I have never used this type of felt before, opting for the regular felt and I used a spray on contact cement. The Rockler felt worked very well but a bit pricy at $15 for a 12”X24” piece.

RussellAP…what I did for the slat angle for the lid was I figured the lid was pretty close to half of a circle and since I used 18 slats, I divided 180 degrees by 18, getting 10, then dividing again by two for the cut angle which was about 5 degrees. This worked perfect. There is a book called Box by Box by Jim Stack which has a similar plan in it if you are interested.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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