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A good friend of my wife's ask if I would make a treasure chest for her Grandson. After looking at pirate treasure chests on the Internet I sat down with some graph paper and came up with the design above. The treasure chest measures 14" wide, 10 1/2" deep and 12 and 1/2" high. It is made of Red Oak, 1/4" Oak plywood bottom and 1.8" Baltic birch lining the lid. I used 1/8" hard board for the backing of the slats on front, back, sides, top; and inside bottom of the chest. I stained it so all the different woods would have an even color and give it an antique look. I used 4 layers of Clear Satin Polycrylic finish it.

I built it using locking miter joints. Turned out to be an excellent choice. They are extremely strong and they make gluing the box together square a piece of cake.



Another technique I tried from WoodSmith tips is using wood plugs for feet. Worked great and once they were stained they matched the Oak perfectly.



All-in-all a fun project.

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Looks very nice with those rounded shapes on sides.
 

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Very nice looking chest. The top came out excellent. Nice work.
 

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When you opened it, I was expecting a chest full of gold. Very well done.
 
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