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Yellowheart Treasure Chest Box

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Project by Durnik150 posted 06-01-2009 03:54 AM 1675 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple little box. It just takes some patience and a good belt in the stationary sander. The design I was working from had a drawer in the bottom (Donna Menke design-a LJ in good standing). I decided to keep it simple and just do the lift top.

Yellowheart is great to work with. I would warn those not familiar with it that it tends to be a little deceiving. You think you have all of the saw marks and little scratches out and then you find a whole mess of them when you look under a different light. So yo have to be patient and be willing to go back and get marks that you could have sworn you had gotten rid of.

Many band saw boxes utilize the basic pattern of taking off the back, cutting out the drawers, taking the drawers apart and removing the core, putting the drawers back together and putting the back on to the body. After that it’s just a lot of sanding and shaping. This one is a little different since there is no drawer to remove. So, you start by taking off the sides, cutting the lid from the core, cutting the chest bottom from the bottom of the core and then reassembling it so it all works. A little different.

The two biggest challenges with this design are getting the lid to lift straight up without rubbing on the sides and carefully sanding the lines where the front and back of the lid meet the base. If you do it wrong you end up with huge gaps and the whole thing looks bad.

I should have left the inside empty but I applied a wine colored flock. Without a definitive drawer edge to work with I just kind of stopped. To me it looks a little awkward. Although the wine fibers look really good with the yellowheart wood.

This is a pretty small piece, only 6” wide, 3 ” tall and 3 1/2” deep. The hasp is brass. The finish is thinned poly with lots of loving from 0000 steel wool.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO





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Maxx

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 03:58 AM

I like this one – very nice look to it. I’ve had similar feelings about flocking the inside of a box like this…and I just stopped when I thought it should stop…there’s got to be another strategy. We’ll have to work on that.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 03:59 AM

hey Charles
This is one cool box smooth clean look and great details

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 06-01-2009 04:16 AM

Nice box, it looks like it isn’t very deep inside. Is that an optical illusion?

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

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Durnik150

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 04:20 AM

It’s deeper than it looks. That’s the flocking issue I was dealing with. I didn’t want to run the flocking all the way up the side to where it would interfere with the top and I didn’t want to exclude the sides completely. So, what you see is the arbitrary stop line.

I should have just left it natural but you live and you learn.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 04:26 AM

Oh well!, to line or not to line, that is the question??

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

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tomakazi

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#6 posted 06-01-2009 04:28 AM

Good job, I think I’ll try one of these for my daughter. I’ve never tried flocking before. I was thinking a guy could get some paint to match the flock and just paint where it might rub off.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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Durnik150

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#7 posted 06-01-2009 04:38 AM

If you go with the “official” flocking kit the adhesive you spread on the surface is the same color as the fibers you blow in to attach to it. You can do some cross coloring llike a brown adhesive and wine colored fibers but if you get too far off it starts to look really odd. Of course it may be a creative way to bring in color combinations that are new!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 06-01-2009 04:55 AM

Sheesh, I thought it was a material you lined it with. My wife has something she called flocking when sewing:-)

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

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degoose

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#9 posted 06-01-2009 05:22 AM

You sure do love the bandsaw.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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savannah505

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#10 posted 06-01-2009 06:06 AM

You really got the box making down pat. Thats a great looking box, and harder than it looks to make. Great job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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AllorNoThumbs

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#11 posted 06-01-2009 02:17 PM

It is beautiful! You can use masking tape as you would to paint, I apply masking tape where I want the flock to end up the side of a box, just pull the tape when the flock glue is a least 3/4 dry.

-- enjoy your wood...

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chickenhelmet

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#12 posted 06-01-2009 03:52 PM

Another beauty! I like the simple design. I was about to make a comment about how it looked like a mini pirate treasure box. Guess I should read the titles before opening my mouth. Again very nice work!

-- Larry , Colorado www.coloradorecordcrates.com

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