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Medal Chest for Mom

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Project by RaggedKerf posted 04-22-2013 01:37 PM 1000 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chest I built for my mom to house/display all her track and field medals (she’s a senior games athlete with enough medals that dad counts them in pounds, not by number….and she needs a place to keep them). I decided to make this an early birthday/mothers day present as well.

It’s about 18” long by 9.5” deep and 12” tall (that includes the 2” arch on the lid) and has 2 little drawers insode that can be removed for display and to access the lower level. It’s lined in maroon and gold felt (FSU colors are garnet and gold, where she was part of the founding class of many Lady Seminole sports in the ‘60s) and sealed with many coats of shellac.

It’s made of 3/4” maple amd walnut, with aspen inner boxes and plywood bottoms. The carving (my first relief carving of which I am very proud) is in 1/4” basswood and measures 4” x 4” and is inset 1/8” into the maple front.

It took more than two months to build and is the reason I’ve been so quiet lately.

If you’d like to see the details (and there’s a lot) check out my blog...

Thanks for looking!

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 01:58 PM

Beautiful chest great design and build.

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 03:58 PM

Bless her for staying active. Beautiful chest.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 07:25 PM

Thanks guys…yeah,.my mom is a total jock lol. She has more energy at twice my age then I had when I was a teenager…

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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#4 posted 04-22-2013 07:26 PM

I really like this. Beautiful box from top to bottom. I’m sure she will treasure it. Please could you tell me how you did the arch top? I have done a few and yours looks beautiful.

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 08:02 PM

Jeff: thanks! Basically the top is 6 slats of 3/4” maple, ripped 2” wide. I planed a 2.5 degree bevel along each long side. When you stack them all together, it gives you roughly a 12” curve that peaks at 2” high. Then it was just a matter of sanding the joints down until it was curved, not angled. It took a lot lol. The sides are 3/4” walnut and I used a scroll.saw to rough the curve, then hacked out half depth with chisels to make a lip the curved lid could fest on. Glue it all up and sand smooth again….lol here is the blog entry for it: The Lid, or, No Tablesaw, No Problem.

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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#6 posted 04-22-2013 11:15 PM

Thanks for the info. I love the way this is done, much stronger then mine. For my lids I cut four arches to size in between a front and back. Then grab some scrap and start slicing 3/4 pieces about an eighth thick on the table saw. Glue and wire nail these onto the top. Belt then orbital sand to form arch. I really need to try thicker wood like you did. Once again, really like this box, great work!!

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