I built a treasure chest

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Project by Bernspen posted 12-25-2015 03:05 AM 822 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this small amount of QS white oak . . .

Easier to make than I thought. A simple box on the bottom, and for the top, I used a router to cut two half round pieces in some oak plywood. The horizontal pics are 3/4 square, except I ran them thu the table saw an took them 6 degrees off center, so they’d kinda arch. I’m sure there’s a math way to figure the angle, but I took a wild guess with some scrap and it worked. Chalk one up to dumb luck. go figure.

I bought the hinges and the clasp at the hardware store, and the leather handles came from ebay (the brass parts) and the Goodwill store (a leather belt.) Drilled some 1/4 inch deep holes, and used 18 inch pins o attached the horizontals. The walnut dowels are fakes, just covering up the holes where the pins are.

If I do another one, I want to use 2 clasps, so I have room in the center for some sort of knob. Because pirates want knobs on their treasure chests.

-- We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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#1 posted 12-25-2015 03:08 AM

Good looking chest. You aren’t the only one trying to figure out how to calculate the angles, I have never figured out the math.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 12-25-2015 01:48 PM

Nice box.

I’ve tried going back to my old trig book to calculate the angels but it gave me a headache, just like 50 years ago. Now I just guess.

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