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Project by Russel posted 1675 days ago 1835 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This particular box is my first attempt at building something small before I build it big. The plan is to make a full size trunk suitable for an ocean voyage. This fella is made of Ash and measures 13×8 x 7.5 … not necessarily a small box, but a small trunk. I think I got the proportions pretty close.

There were two real issues that required resolution. The first was simply finding hardware that was not so big that it overshadowed the trunk, yet not so small that it got lost. Obviously, I didn’t find any so I found some parts at Rockler that were close and relatively attractive. There’s plenty of hardware for full size trunks, or dollhouse size trunks, but this guy is somewhere in between. If anyone knows of a supplier, I’d like to hear about it.

The second issue was making the top. Finding the right angle to bevel each piece was a matter of trial and error. I ended up with each edge beveled at 5 degress and the boards fit pretty snug.

All in all, I think this was a profitable exercise and gave me the opportunity to learn a couple things before I build a full size trunk.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com





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buckeyedudes

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#1 posted 1675 days ago

Let me be the first to congratulate you on a job well done!
Welcome to our ‘sickness’. LOL!

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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eklectic

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#2 posted 1675 days ago

Well done! Looks like my grandfather’s old trunk!:-)

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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Richard

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#3 posted 1675 days ago

Hii Russel
I too make round top chests and it was a struggle for me to get the right curve of the top. I remember my first few chest the top was either too shallow or too rounded which made the chest out of proportion. I finally practiced with some card board until I found an angle that I liked. As for the hardware, seems like its either hit or miss.

I think I posted one of my rustic curve top chests. Good job on yours, I get a feeling as soon as you make a full sized one, all your family and friends will be wanting one too. I was looking at your other projects and I like the proportions of your Bible Box. The light and dark contrasts of the wood made the box stand out.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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kosta

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#4 posted 1675 days ago

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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scottwpaul02

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#5 posted 1675 days ago

Great Trunk Russel, thanks for sharing the bit about how you measured and fitted the top!

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Dennis Fletcher

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#6 posted 1675 days ago

Nice job, if you do hear of a supplier, please. let me know as well.

-- http://www.ahomespecialist.net, Making design and application one. †

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jack1

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#7 posted 1675 days ago

What kind of hinges or hinge that you used? Just curious. Like the box joints.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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dhg

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#8 posted 1675 days ago

once again, nice job Russel.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh ----------www.genesiswoodworks.com----------

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1675 days ago

Nice trunk

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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hooky

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#10 posted 1674 days ago

beutiful box

how did you attach the curved top to the rest of the box (is it just glued or is there dowels or biscuits)

what a clever idea to start with a small chest to find your sea legs

Hooky

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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Russel

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#11 posted 1674 days ago

Thanks for kind words people.

Jack, the hinges are 90 degree stop hinges from Rockler http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=450 and are a little big, but not so much that they are overly distracting.

Hooky, the top is glued on. Each slat is glued to the edge and then glued to the ones next to it.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 1674 days ago

Nice looking trunk Russel. Nice tight fitting joints. A++++++

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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degoose

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#13 posted 1674 days ago

As usual Russ you come up with the goods… will look forward to your larger version…

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

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ChesapeakeBob

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#14 posted 1674 days ago

Russel, are the bottoms of the top “staves” curved or flat. I cannot be sure from the photos.

Great job and proportions.

CB

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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Russel

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#15 posted 1674 days ago

Bob, the bottoms are flat. With the shallow curve of the top, they sit pretty flush. That’s something I’ll be looking closely at when I build the full size version.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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