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I have started working on a treasure chest for a little guy that we know. He is 6 and likes to bring home bones from the woods and fields around his house. He has large cow bones and I think a horse skull. But his step sisters keep getting into his STUFF. So we (my Bride) decided he needed a treasure chest to put his stuff in. She has done her part and gotten some play gold coins and jewels. Now I have to do my part and build the thing. Squared sided chest are easy enough but we all know a treasure chest has a curved top. The things I get talked into.

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Okay here are some pictures of the chest already in progress. I had already glued up some board to the width I needed and cut the blind dovetails by this point and cut the curve to the sides for the top. Sorry forgot pictures until now.

This are pictures of the glue up process.

<p>First side glup starts

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Very nice job.
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Looks nice.
Be sure to post pictures of the completed chest.
I haven't figured out how it all goes together yet, like all those dovetails on the sides,so I will be interested in seeing the final project.
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as it continues. I cut the high sides off. and then started the pieces for the top. These pieces were approx 3/4 inch to 1 inch wide pieces. Just when I thought I had the angle right to join each piece together it was wrong and I had to make tiny adjustments.








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Then once the top was on it I cut three of the sides and added the hinges then cut the front side. The hinges were gate hinges that I bent to fit the curve of the trunk lid

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Front view and now to get busy on the inside of the chest.





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Now it makes sense.
I would use some soft close lid supports with it.
Keep little fingers and heads from getting smashed.

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Very nice job so far! This year I plan to build a foot locker for my young grandson. It won't be nearly as elaborate as a curved top treasure chest.

Are you going to install a false bottom? I'm thinking of doing that on my foot locker project. Seems to me that a false bottom would be very cool and a good way to hide the most valuable stuff.
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I would use some soft close lid supports with it.
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I have never had any luck with those type support getting them to work correctly. I do have lid supports but they are old style that lock open when the lid is opened and require you to pull forward on them to get the lid to close. Usually when I build a chest for big people I only put one on it and this is usually enough. But this one will get one on each side. More pictures tonight.
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Oh, this is gorgeous!! He's going to love it!

Be sure to sign it and date it somewhere, maybe inside the false bottom. It will be so special to him, especially once he's grown.
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Very cool!...
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That's great.
He will put so much treasure in that it will take 2 men to move it.
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That is so cool! I bet your little guy loves it. I also bet his sisters get jealous. Wonder if you'll be making something similar for the girls?

It really is a nice chest, what a wonderful gift for a young man.
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That is very nice work, now the wife will be wanting to make them for our Grandkids.

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His older step sister will just have to wait until she gets married. His baby sister will most likely get one when she turns six. Thinking one stained pink with some antique to make it look old.

Here are some I have made.

My Navy Retirement Chest.


My Brides Coffee table. It has a split lid so you do not have to take everything off the top to get into it and it has drawers on both sides.



Chest I made for my Niece when she got married


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Those are wonderful! I wish I knew how to do that sort of carpentry. Those are going to be family heirlooms, no doubt.
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