|Project by skogie1||posted 11-24-2014 08:47 PM||1872 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
This is a treasure chest with a hidden drawer that I made for my son’s 6th birthday. I’d never done anything like this before (I’m a total newbie) but it came out pretty good I think. It’s made out of pine. The bottom molding is maple. I’d never made box joints before. I made a jig for it but I think if I need finger joints again I’ll buy a machined jig like the i-Box because I ran into a few problems. (However, once I’d decided to distress the box I was easily able to “fix” those problems with a hammer and a torch! ;) I torched it quite a bit as you can see to give it an old worn appearance. My boy’s name is Max, hence the “M” on the ends. To make that I routed an M template into a piece of MDF and then just placed it over the boards and torched it in. The false bottom and secret drawer were my favorite part of the project. I raised the box off the floor an 1/8” with some wood strips so he can get his finger under the trim just enough to open it. The drawer runs on slides. To keep the drawer closed snugly, I glued magnets to the backside of the drawer and mounted a piece of wood just behind the drawer in the closed position and glued magnets to that as well. When the drawer is closed there is about a 1/16th gap between the magnets and that gives it just enough hold to keep it tightly closed but not so much that it can’t be opened with a small tug. I was planning on making feet for the chest but I ran out of time. I finished it with stain and shellac.
I’d love hear any suggestions for improvements or comments on it. As I said, I’m new to this.
My boy really likes it, but to be truthful, he was much more excited by the presents it contained than the box itself. He has however put all his change in the secret drawer and makes damn sure his younger brother never knows about it.