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Forum topic by skogie1 posted 10-11-2014 03:22 AM 1461 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-11-2014 03:22 AM

I have the sides cut for a round top on a treasure chest I’m making. How do I figure out how many slats I need? I want to avoid needing a skinny or extra wide slat when I reach the end. Does this make sense? Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 10-12-2014 03:00 AM

I have made over fifty of round top cedar trunks and what I do is cut one inch wide strips about 3/8” thick and butt them against each other and tack them down on a center rib and into curved slots on each end. The last three slats I cut to width to make it come out even. One inch wide pieces work to” fool the eye” so that no one notices the very slight variance in width of these few slats. This trunk is 24” long and 16” tall.

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#2 posted 10-12-2014 07:07 PM

Look up old Norm Abram ( metaphorically speaking LOL) he did a chest like this once.I feel sure you will get information on the net somewhere . Alistair

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 02:54 PM

Thanks Jim, I did roughly what you suggested. Actually, what I did was measure the distance with a cloth tape and thenI started at either and worked my way to the center. I knew that I would not be spot on with the measurement because I was bevelling the pieces slightly to follow the radius, but I knew that I’d very close. When I reached the middle (the peak of the radius) I cut the final piece to size. That piece is about a quarter inch narrower than the other boards and it looks like it was planned that way. It’s a nice visual effect.

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#4 posted 10-14-2014 01:46 AM

Hope to see a photo when you have finished this project.

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