My nephew didn’t want any more pics to go up until he had a chance to show it to his mother and grandmother (my sister), so I haven’t posted any update. However, since today was return to home day, all may be revealed.
After finishing the main box, he cut and glued four cleats to the underside of the top. He clamped up the front and back cleats first, and then snuck up on the length of side cleats. They fit perfectly.
I guess I didn’t take any pictures of him cutting the lid trim, but he cut the front and back to length, glued and clamped them, and then snuck up on the length for the two side pieces. He did the same for the corner trim on the main box. After chiseling out the mortises for the hinges, the led was attached.
Here’s a view of the unfinished chest
He cut the Becket cleats on the bandsaw.
He used General Finishes Gel Top Coat because it really enhances the color of the wood and is probably the easiest finish I know of—great for a beginner. The rope handles are kind of a pain to make, and my daughter was intrigued, so she ended up taking up that task After they were done, we screwed the Becket cleats in from inside the chest. Those rope handles will take any weight the chest can hold. Final Pics:
-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson