Treasure Chest

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Project by Owlcroft posted 02-16-2017 04:55 AM 917 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of my wife’s ask if I would make a treasure chest for her Grandson. After looking at pirate treasure chests on the Internet I sat down with some graph paper and came up with the design above. The treasure chest measures 14” wide, 10 1/2” deep and 12 and 1/2” high. It is made of Red Oak, 1/4” Oak plywood bottom and 1.8” Baltic birch lining the lid. I used 1/8” hard board for the backing of the slats on front, back, sides, top; and inside bottom of the chest. I stained it so all the different woods would have an even color and give it an antique look. I used 4 layers of Clear Satin Polycrylic finish it.

I built it using locking miter joints. Turned out to be an excellent choice. They are extremely strong and they make gluing the box together square a piece of cake.

Another technique I tried from WoodSmith tips is using wood plugs for feet. Worked great and once they were stained they matched the Oak perfectly.

All-in-all a fun project.

-- Owlcroft

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 06:20 AM

Looks very nice with those rounded shapes on sides.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 03:35 PM

Very nice looking chest. The top came out excellent. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 03:43 PM

nice looking

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#4 posted 02-16-2017 06:25 PM

This is a very nice treasure chest and you’ve done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 02-20-2017 01:23 PM

When you opened it, I was expecting a chest full of gold. Very well done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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