Curved Lid Treasure Box

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Project by kdc68 posted 12-16-2013 06:30 PM 5663 views 29 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this project using the plans titled Curved Lid Treasure Box from Woodsmith Magazine (link below). Although I deviated some from the plans, I took advantage of their full size template for the lid (as seen in the picture 5). In the picture, the portion that I have in my hand was cut on the table saw removing most of the waste. The side opposite was shaped to match the curve of the template with a low angle block plane.

I deviated from their version when I made the ends. I chose to use walnut for the ends. In the plans maple was used. I chose to use a dark walnut lacquer toner, carefully applying light coats until I got a rich dark brown color. I managed to get it dark enough but not too dark obscuring the grain. In the plans, they ebonized the maple with India ink. I changed the shape of the ends by using a large ½” roundover and a ¾” cove to create the profile. In the plans, they chamfered the top edge at the table saw and used a 1” cove to create the profile.

I deviated from their version in the maple finish. I chose to use Transtint Vintage Maple Dye. In the plans they used Transtint Orange and Reddish Brown. My goal was a light golden brown to contrast the dark brown ends, so I needed a relatively weak dye concentration. Mine a much weaker concentration of dye and distilled water than the cherry dye that was used in the plans.

The last deviation was the hinges. I chose to use Brusso Stop Hinges. In the plans, they used Precision Box Hinges from Horton Brasses. This is my first time using these Brusso’s, only because they are pricey. My experience from using them for the first time is a good one and will use them again in the future.

I used similar or if the not the same self-adhesive felt for the bottom of the box. I adhered an oversized piece of felt to an oversized piece of poster board. I then cut a piece of ¼” hardboard to fit inside the box, and used it to trace around with a razor blade cutting the felt to size.

I applied several coats of gloss lacquer to the entire box. I rubbed it out starting with 600 grit wet/dry and working to 2000 grit wet/dry. I then used Maguire’s rubbing compound, followed by Maguire’s polishing compound to regain that high gloss.

This will be a Christmas present for my mother to add to her collection of lacquered boxes.

Taking photos in my shop of this project without shadows and glare from the gloss finish was perhaps more challenging than building the box itself.

Materials used
4/4 Walnut
4/4 Curly maple
Transtint Vintage Maple and distilled water
Behlens Dark Walnut Lacquer Toner
Behlens Gloss Lacquer
Brusso JB103 Stop Hinges
Self-adhesive black felt and poster board

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 06:49 PM

WOW! Love the box. I have these plans at home but just haven’t got around to trying it.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 06:55 PM

Thank you Paul. It was fun to do. Great plans from Woodsmith Mag.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 07:13 PM

That is a beautifullt executed box. Your mods are rights on.

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 07:32 PM

Thanks for the compliment ratchet

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 07:43 PM

Beautiful box—very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 07:48 PM

From wood selection, to fit and finish, a great meeting of artistry and craftsmanship. Beautiful!

-- jbschutz

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 08:29 PM

Nice job. The Brusso hinges are also my choice for butt hinges. The color of the maple is just about perfect. Very nice box.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 08:38 PM

Nice design on the box. Beautiful curved top. Nice build.

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

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 09:22 PM

KDC, pretty work. Thanks for giving us such a detailed and thorough explanation of your finish process. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 12-16-2013 10:00 PM

It’s a real beauty ,very very nice.

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#11 posted 12-16-2013 10:01 PM

Thank you to all that posted compliments….They are all definitely appreciated !!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 12-17-2013 12:06 AM

Nice work on your curved top and the finish is just superb…BC

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#13 posted 12-17-2013 12:15 AM

Very nice, love the contrast.

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#14 posted 12-17-2013 12:36 AM

I think this wood choice looks great..super box

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#15 posted 12-17-2013 12:53 AM

Thank you for the compliments !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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