|Project by Spur||posted 07-06-2013 06:42 PM||594 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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