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Project by littlecope posted 11-04-2014 02:32 AM 2168 views 10 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned project, a Thank You Gift from a Friend to her Employer (a Proud University of Michigan Graduate) for all that he has done for her…
It was requested to be in the form of a “Treasure Chest”, with a curved top… The idea of a chest put me in mind of Steamer Trunks and the construction was loosely based on that… The “Bands” around it were my suggestion, and are inherent to that idea… The style is “Rustic Chic”...
It is held together with wooden dowels or pins, a few yards worth, and no glue was used or harmed during the making…
No metal was used either, excepting in the tools appropriate for such work…
All but the sides is Quarter-sawn Lumber and gave some interesting results, particularly in what is normally quiet and reserved Cherry…

Bubinga was used for the sides and Cherry for all of the “Hardware”...
Since the Michigan “M” is Yellow, Pau Amirillo (Yellowheart) was used, and that dictated the hue of half of the lid’s stripes and the latch levers…
The darker Stripes are Sapele and the bottom of the chest is 1/2” Birch Plywood…
All of the doweling is store-bought Poplar…

A ruler was another thing un-used on this project, but I did use one to measure its final size, 18” X 11” X 8 1/2” for the box proper (excluding the hardware)...

The Story of the build was told in eight parts, beginning with Just for Fun #85 for anyone interested…

Thanks for your time! Comments are, as always, greatly appreciated! :)

3 November 2014

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 02:37 AM

Spectacular! Very interesting piece. Love the details.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 02:38 AM

The final result looks great! Thanks for bringing us along on a fun blog story as well!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 02:47 AM

Unique design, great blog series and great craftsmanship have achieved a truly outstanding piece. Congratulations on a job well done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 02:49 AM

Very, very interesting design! Congratulations Mike.


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#5 posted 11-04-2014 03:28 AM

more than a ‘treasure chest’

a unique treasure on it’s own
the details all come together very well
and the build without glue or fasteners
exhibits your skills as a creative woodworker
and a keen mind

very well done michael

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 11-04-2014 03:41 AM

Many Thanks my Friends!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 11-04-2014 03:59 AM

It was a great series and the final product turned out excellent. A job well done. The raised bands are most interesting and add to its beauty.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 11-04-2014 04:22 AM

It should be a great surprise to get that. Well done!

-- 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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#9 posted 11-04-2014 05:05 AM

Wow a Treasure Chest, one would have never have guessed.

Hey I do not see any Bootie!!

Nice job, I bet they will be rapped.
Keep up the good work!

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 11-04-2014 05:30 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 11-04-2014 05:32 AM

Love the design, the catch’s really awesome, as are the hinges

-- Norman

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#12 posted 11-04-2014 09:48 AM

mike this is one of the best boxes on the site, i love it, its a box , its a chest, with everything wood it just says woodworker…and i’m so proud of you , you used all your skills to make this happen and it’s a great one, this is an heirloom, hundreds of years from now,,,this will stand for a man who was a skilled woodworker…the very essence of our county, hard work, skill, and dedication to it until it was done…i’m so very impressed….magnificent. P.S. after reading the whole event here, at the end i look at this with a lot of pride, for you and for staying within the guidelines you used, i could sip a mug of hot chocolate and just gaze upon this…makes me smile.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 11-04-2014 10:07 AM

Tremendous end result Mike. As I stated in your blog on the build, you exhibit ingenuity far beyond the mortal man. Congratulations on a fantastic project.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 11-04-2014 10:34 AM

Great work Mike. A beautiful and interesting chest with a lot of innovative features like the latches and hinges. I think this is a milestone project in your development as a woodworker and something to be very proud of. I’m sure the recipient will love it too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 11-04-2014 12:42 PM

What an amazing box. Like everything about it. Great job!

I just read the entire blog for the build! I can’t believe the work that went into this. I really learned so much just by following the description and pictures. Truly an amazing box and thanks for posting both the project and the build!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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