#1 Keepsake Chest

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Blog entry by Howie posted 10-14-2010 12:34 AM 6351 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I posted pictures of a keepsake trunk I built and several people wanted to know how I made the top and bent the wood for the straps. This is the start of another trunk for my wife.
I give credit to American Woodworker Mag and Garrett Glaser for the design and plans. I did not follow them exactly but I feel the results are the same. I used a different box joint (Incra) and I bent the wood different than the article explained. I’ll follow that part with pictures later.

Picture 1 and 2 show the rough lid glue up
Picture 3 and 4 show installing the ends
Picture 4 shows rounding off the top “peaks” and getting ready to sand. This is done with a plane and sanding blocks

Picture 5 Is ready to sand and finish.

Keep in mind that this chest is being built out of the cheapest #3 pine 1×12x 8’ that Lowes sells.($10.97 ) The hardware costs more than the wood.
Tomorrow I will post pictures of the finishing(shellac) and the wood bending process.
Also thanks to fellow woodworker “Camper” and his wife and son for coming over and lending moral support.

-- Life is good.

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 02:04 AM

Very good round cover. The technique is quite fast and done manually with planes. I like th joints, there were no gaps visible in the joints. What was the angle used to join the slots? Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 02:42 AM

That is starting to look real good!! Those joints look real nice and tight even though I was probably distracting you while you were making the cuts. Glad it all came together as nice as it did. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it.

-- Tampa-FL

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