Curved Top Chest - Wedding Gift Box

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Project by Mike_from_Buffalo posted 10-23-2014 01:54 PM 1032 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a curved top chest that I made to receive gift cards and such at my wedding. I initially had this chest about 50% larger, but the wife (still sounds weird saying that, lol) said it was too big, so I cut it down. That’s why some of my joints don’t line up perfectly. And the initial go had the dovetail pattern from the bottom to the lid line up perfectly. Overall dimensions: 17×13 x 12 tall

Made this from Ash. Finished with a brown dye (If you want to know the color I could go back and check, just ask) then 3 coats of spray shellac (quick). I didn’t have enough time to put a coat of wax on it, but will (briwax).

Locking mechanism is from lee valley. Hinges and snap locks are from rockler.

Getting the curved top to line up with the dovetailed sides was a pain. I made a jig up for my router table. The top is many boards cut at an angle and glued up, took a plane and a card scraper to the top to get to be round. Then the jig on the router table cut a perfectly round surface on each end of the curved top. Adjusted the jig to cut a mating round feature on the already dovetailed end piece. Getting the ends to line up was easy. Getting the sides (front and back) to line up with the top was an exercise in patience.

Carved the front with my home made cnc.

Any questions? just ask.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#1 posted 10-23-2014 08:58 PM

An admirable project! Nice wood and finish.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 06:24 AM

Any questions? just ask.

Yeah, why did you get married? Just kidding ;-) Box looks nice.

I know why you mean about having to cut things down. The first project I ever made with hand cut dovetail had to be cut down ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-24-2014 02:05 PM

Thanks guys, these were only router made dovetails, I can imagine that cutting down a project with Hand Cut dovetails would be a sad task.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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