Poker Chip Box

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Project by WoodScrap posted 08-24-2009 02:40 AM 4446 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I thought I would start early this year on Xmas gifts and just completed my first one. This is a poker chip box I made for my son. It holds 500 chips (I had these custom made with his name on them) and a couple decks of cards. The box is made from salted maple with a walnut trim. I used two pieces of maple to form the face/sides/back but tried to find pieces which were complimentary in grain structure. Look closely (no one but woodworkers would notice) and you will see I wrapped the grain around the box and positioned joints where they were less visible where possible (at the drawer front cutout). The poker chip channels were routed in hard maple using a 1 5/8” diameter cove bit. It has a false bottom which can be accessed using a magnet, so he can hide all his winnings :) . The design is from Brad Becker and was featured in the April 2006 edition of Woodworker’s Journal. As with all my projects I took some artistic liberty and added my own personal touches. The box is approximately 10” x 14” x 7.5” and when complete and with chips probably weighs good 25 pounds.

Fun Project! One down 5 to go…....

-- Rick -Tulsa

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 03:08 AM

Wow Rick thats one slick poker chip box well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 08-24-2009 03:17 AM

Great Lookin Chip Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 03:22 AM

Great choice of woods. That will make a super Christmas gift. hope you have time to get mine done by Christmas! lol. Great attention to detail.

-- John @

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#4 posted 08-24-2009 04:06 AM

Fantastic box. My son in law is a poker player and he would just love this.

Great workmanship and fantastic atention to details. Really like the recessed handles and drawer pulls. The dovetail keys are a nice added touch.

Great job. Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 05:57 AM

Spectacular! I love the choice of woods and how you let the character of the wood remain so prominent.

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

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#6 posted 08-24-2009 12:37 PM

That box is amazing! What a beautiful job of matching the corners. Your choice of wood is outstanding. It is so hard to find really beautiful spalted wood. Your son should LOVE that.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 02:56 PM

Great lumber choice, beautiful design and construction.

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

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#8 posted 08-26-2009 07:59 PM

WOW thats some beautiful wood, and a great design too.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 10-12-2009 01:14 AM

Really like this box. the wood used is wonderful. Well thought out.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 06:36 AM

that’s really nice. I hope your son doesn’t read this board!

-- Tony

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#11 posted 01-29-2010 05:18 AM

congrats on the showcase in the Fox Chapel newsletter!!! That’s quite the compliment—well deserved, of course.


Photo of newsletter from Fox Chapel Publishing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 01-30-2010 11:38 PM

Wow! I absolutely love this box and the wood selected. My late Mother-in-law had her large old farmhouse kitchen cabinets remodeled with all spalted maple. It was stunning – really stunning.

Nice work mate.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#13 posted 05-12-2010 04:36 AM

Very nice…I like this box.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#14 posted 08-24-2012 04:43 AM

I really like this box and your choice of lumber was excelent, one question I have though is did you build a storage location into it to hold the magnet for opening the false bottom? I am curious how this works.

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#15 posted 08-24-2012 12:55 PM

Thanks Mike. I actually had some room left in a couple of the chip rows and cut spacers to keep the chips from falling over. The magnet is inserted in the end of one of those spacers.

-- Rick -Tulsa

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