large poker chip box

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Project by Ess posted 05-13-2009 02:43 PM 3973 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second poker chip box I have built. This is quite a large chip box which can hold just over 1,500 chips and not for your average poker enthusiast. The box is built of walnut with hard maple inlays. For the top of the box I used a piece of stripped maple and pictured framed it in walnut. There are three tray levels on the inside. The chip trays are routed fron an 1 1/4” thick piece of birds eye maple.

This piece was quite a labor of love, but I don’t think I will build another one this large again. I weighs over 60lbs when it is full.

-- Steve, Waukesha WI

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 02:47 PM


How did you make the chip trays? Forstner bit?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 02:58 PM

Wow…that is one hefty box! Looks great!

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 03:23 PM

I used a 1 1/2”dia round router bit on my shaper table. The maple is quite hard so I cut a v joint on my table saw and then ran it through the shaper. It took three passes to get to the final depth.

-- Steve, Waukesha WI

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 05:34 PM

Great looking box. You did a beauitful on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 05:45 PM

Very Very nice. You must be a very serious poker player.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 06:01 PM

Excellent. Having made one, I know (1) how heavy they are; (2) how much care needs to be taken to fit the chips precisely. Good job.

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 07:38 PM

Great job!

What kind of finish did you put on it?

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#8 posted 05-13-2009 07:39 PM

This is an excellent box, regardless of what it’s intended purpose is! Good work.

On a side note, I had absolutely no idea how much poker chips actually weighed. Just goes to show you what some of us take for granted. hahaha

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#9 posted 05-13-2009 07:47 PM

This is so beautiful….!

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#10 posted 05-13-2009 08:13 PM

No stain, just the natural wood with a semi gloss poly finish.

-- Steve, Waukesha WI

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#11 posted 05-13-2009 08:42 PM

Nice chip box. I built a cabinet to hold 1,000 chips along with cards. I may steal your idea for the chip trays, I used plastic trays that came with the chips.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#12 posted 09-16-2009 02:02 AM

This is a beautiful case Steve. What kind of chips do you store in it?

-- Greg Cagle,

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#13 posted 09-16-2009 01:59 PM

I have 1,500 Desert Palms chips in my set.

-- Steve, Waukesha WI

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#14 posted 03-06-2011 03:59 AM

wow nice idea with the v cut never thought of that !!! beautiful case !!!I used a 1 5/8 bit on mine !

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