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Blog entry by supervato posted 06-07-2010 02:21 AM 3784 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have started making a treasure chest for my sister in laws wedding. Decided to go with walnut and hickory. The box portion is finished. But now the fun is starting for me and making the lid. I have been debating for weeks trying to figure the best way to join the individual plaks to sides and make contour of the top. One option was to miter each individual plank to make the curve. Another is to use a match cove and bead router set which they use to make canoes. Hmmm this still poses another problem the ends of the planks are still flat bottom where it meets the sides that have the contour. And how I make the joint for these to pieces with out hiding it with metal banding or leather straps which is very common to most I have seen. I also dont want to see end grain from the planks. So here is my idea on paper. What if I routed a dado to follow the contour of the side about a 1/4 down from the top. Then each indivual plank and on each end install a dowl pin cut to fit the dado and and slide each plank in one at a time around the curve. Then use the router cove and bead set for the sides to meet together this will also alow them to swivil. If I see this correctly it will work and thier will be no end grain showing either.
Well i finished the lid on my treasure chest. A little trial and error but its finished all thats left now is some finish sanding. The pin idea I had worked but wht happened is it allowed each blank to swivle around to much. So i went with just the 1/4 inch groove around the contour of the sides. The long planks sit into the groove on each side locking them in. I learned that with the planks being 3/4 inches wide and a 1/4 inch thick they went around the curves nicely with very littil gap around the edges of the groove. Im going to finish this project with a 2 pound cut of blonde shellac. It should bring out the walnut nicley.



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#1 posted 06-07-2010 06:40 PM

Sorry I’m not following you on your Idea. do you mean to put a rabbit in the end pieces and have seperates staves and round them over?

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 06:43 PM

Here’s a like that might help

http://www.woodworkingcorner.com/treasurechest.php

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 04:09 AM

Sorry jim I figured it would be hard to say in words what im trying. Im gonna make a prototype tomorrow and get you some pics. Its basically a daddo following the contour of the sides then the pins (dowels) on the end grain of the planks will fit into allowing the planks to basically rotate 360 degrees around if they want to. This idea is different than anything I have seen from any other treasure chest builds.

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 04:57 PM

Getting closer to finish. Made the prototype lid and got all the mill work done for the top.

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