Weathered, Leathered Treasure Chest

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Project by Michael posted 05-04-2013 04:12 PM 2021 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Weathered Padauk, brown leather, & wrought iron nails

This piece of Padauk was obviously the top piece on a pallet (for a long time). I left the weathered surface untouched, sanded the opposite surface and finished with teak oil.

The leather is held in place with wood glue and decorative wrought iron nails. The leather was left over from refinishing some chairs several years ago. The handles are secured with dowels, the sides are rabbeted, and the plywood base floats in a dado.

I drew the hinge designs on paper and using spray adhesive attached the paper to a piece of plywood. I cut out the pattern on the bandsaw and then adhered the leather to the plywood template. Then using a knife, I cut the leather to the shape of the template and then peeled it off. That process worked great.

The leather hinges are supposed to hold the lid upright and did initially, but the leather stretched to a point where that doesn’t work anymore. So, I added the leather strip to keep the lid from flopping back.

The dimensions are approximately 14” wide, 9” high, and 9.5” deep.

Pretty happy with this one and it wasn’t too difficult to make.

-- ~Michael,

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 04:25 PM

Excellent box, both craftsmanship and appearance. I like that it is unique and interesting too. The leather hinges look wonderful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 04:57 PM

All around beautiful and creative piece … dig the way you left the outside awe-naturale … well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 05-04-2013 09:27 PM

The design, texture all work really well.
It all blends in so nicely

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 05-04-2013 09:49 PM

Wow, that thing looks amazing. Love the weathered look, and the leather looks great. Very nicely done!

I see your dog is unimpressed, LOL

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 12:12 AM

Beautiful, you found padouk in a pallet?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 07:18 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 05-05-2013 11:11 AM

Very awesome. I like the leather hinges.

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

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 02:25 PM

Very cool treasure chest! Like the vintage look, wood and leather combo as well. Well done!

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