Treasure Chest

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Project by FlairWoodworks posted 1175 days ago 1671 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Pacific yew chest was included in Taunton’s 2011 book titled Blanket Chests, authored by Peter S. Turner and Scott Gibson. It measures 36” x 21” x 17” high.

The lid was coopered and features a void between two live edges that serves as a handle. The lower half of the chest wass carved to follow the grain and the corners were dovetailed. I had barely enough wood to complete the chest, so that was an continuing challenge. So much in fact that the bottom was made from 24 pieces of yew glued together in a brick-like pattern.

The chest was finished with orange shellac. To compliment the chest, I could not find any suitable hardware in stores so I forged the strap hinges and handles. The hardware was fastened with clinched cut nails.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#1 posted 1175 days ago

how cool is that

very cool

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#2 posted 1175 days ago

The “Treasure” is the chest, not its contents. Very nice.

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#3 posted 1175 days ago

Great looking chest – Really lie the yew

Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 1175 days ago


-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#5 posted 1175 days ago

You did a really nice job on this chest, Chris. Congratulations.

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#6 posted 950 days ago

very very awesome. I really like the forged straps and handles. I’d like to see a blog on doing something like that. even tho it’s metalworking, not woodworking. wood & metal go gr8 together

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 950 days ago

Thanks for the comments and feedback, Roger. The next time I make hardware like this, I will document the process to share on my blog. Let me know if you have any other suggestions.


-- Chris Wong -- --

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