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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-01-2009 03:32 PM 1212 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small oak treasure chest I made from scrap oak from the “wallboard store”. My son and I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and came home with just a ton of beads and medallians from all the parades and I needed a place to store them. What better place than a treasure chest and I had never made one of them.

All the oak is cut offs from the firewood box at the “wallboard store”. I had to buy a pair of hinges and a lock where the bolt comes down and moves over to catch the top and lock it. I made the brass brackets to hold the handles and cut the handles out of some 1/4” thick leather. I used another piece of thinner leather for the top retainer.
It was fun and we keep in in the living room for a conversation piece

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 04:01 PM

Nice chest!

Now y’all come back this year and get some more of that stuff. :-)

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

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 04:11 PM

Very nice. I like the rounded top. Good job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 05:03 PM

Nice job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 06:04 PM

A very good treasure chest. Can you tell details on how you made the round top? Use of leather strap for the handles and top retainer is unique.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 06:13 PM

Looks good Jim a good build

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 12:10 AM

Hi Shared.
For the round top I took three 60 degree wedge shaped pieces for each end and glued them together. then I cut the radius on the edge. Then I used a rabbet router bit to rabbet out the radius. I then made 5/16” thick by 1” wide strips to complete the semi circular lid. I figgured out the edge angle of 1” wide strips and cut angles on the jointer so they are glued along the entire edge and on the ends where they fit to the round ends. I had to fixture the ends up on the bench to keep them parallel during the assembly process

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 12:20 AM

Nice looking chest.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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sharad

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 08:39 AM

Thank you Jim for the information. It looks a bit complicated to me but I will ponder over it to understand.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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sharad

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#9 posted 12-04-2009 07:58 PM

Jim after looking at the second picture I followed how you have made the round cover. A tubelight takes a little time to glow !
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Webb

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#10 posted 01-03-2010 06:08 AM

Hi Jim – great box! I’m trying to build something similar – using leather handles and maybe a leather strap over the top to keep it closed – but am having a hard time finding suppliers for the leather ‘hardware’ – did you make those yourself or is it something that can be purchased like hinges etc.?

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 01-03-2010 11:37 PM

Hi Webb.
I cut the leather out of the pieces I bought somewhere and I made the brass brackest to hold the ends. I did see some leather and retainers at Leahman’s hardware in Kidron , Ohio in the Amish country . They may have a catalog on line or you can call to order one. I’m not sure everything they have would be in the catalog because that store is packed with stuff you don’t find anywhere else. You may also look at Tandy Leather for the leather and they my have accessories.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Webb

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#12 posted 01-12-2010 06:07 AM

Thanks – I’ve still not found anything close to what I’m looking for so I think I’m also headed down the self-made path.

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