Treasure boxes for the kids

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Project by Spur posted 422 days ago 568 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone with kids (I have two boys) knows that every rock, feather, or shiny object they find on the ground is a treasure which must come home. When my oldest hit 5 I decided the gravel under my feet thing needed to be addressed. So I built him his own chest/box to hold his treasures. It was my first attempt at a curved surface like that and I had an old Ryobi tablesaw to cut with. I did the math to get the angle for the lamination of the top, and of course the table saw was not accurate enough to do it perfectly. I stained the red oak and then put some poly on it (my first real woodworking project not using mdf). Five years later, my next son turned 5, so I made him a treasure chest as well. Using the same red oak, I did half blind dovetails to hold it together (first one used a rabbet I believe) and the lamination for the top was cut one at a time and sanded to fit so there is almost no gap at all between the slats on the lamination. I used a block plane to round it off, thinned out some minwax poly with denatured alcohol if I recall, and worked really hard to get a furniture quality finish. After 8 coats, it came out ok, but not as flawless as I was going for. That was my second attempt at woodworking, about a year ago, also with the Ryobi table saw. I have upgraded to a sawstop since then, and of course that makes a huge difference in my accuracy.

My wife put the felt in afterwards.

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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#1 posted 422 days ago

Nice boxes. I like the coopered tops. Every kid knows it’s not a treasure chest if it doesn’t have a curved top.

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#2 posted 421 days ago

Two very nice chests Henry…you did a great job.

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#3 posted 420 days ago

Very nice thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 419 days ago

They look good and well made. Like the classic design and finish. I’m sure the kids will cherish them forever.

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