Keepsake Trunk #1: #2 Keepsake trunk series

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Continuing with the trunk
Pictures #1 Soaking the wood for the “straps”

#2 Jig on top used to route a groove in the dome for fitting the end panels(little out of sequence here)

#3 Another picture of the jig—you will use this later also

#4 Jig with added blocks for the bending

#5 Jig with the soaked pieces for the lid clamped in

#6 Jig and heat gun. I used the heat gun to dry out the straps after clamping in the jig. This works okay but I think it also works better to let them dry naturally overnite if your jig is accurate.

Be careful with the heat gun as it is easy to get the wood hot enough to burn. #7 Installing the top straps. I started in the middle and continued down the sides. At the ends I pulled them in tight with a clamp and put a small brass screw under the “tack”

#8 Done,front,side and open. Two coats of amber shellac and the “straps” are poplar with walnut stain. My wife wanted this one to keep games and puzzles in so she will line it with felt.

If anyone wants more info feel free to message me.
Thanks to LJ’s for making being able to add pictures a lot simpler!

-- Life is good.

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458 posts in 1451 days

#1 posted 1375 days ago

That’s looks great. Amazing job.
Love to see some pics of your shop.

Thanks, Michael Frey


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#2 posted 1363 days ago

That is just freekin awesome Howie. Great job. Thanks for sharing your expertise. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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