Small pirate chest based on the Shaker box

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    davidlowton2
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    I was commisioned to build this by a good friend for his 8 year old nephew as a Christmas present. They were after a small pirate chest with a hidden compartment. It’s (obviously) based off of Paul Sellers shaker box, with a custom lid and hidden tray underneath that secures with a small magnet.
    It’s built from quarter sawn oak and finished with blonde shellac and furniture wax.

    I’m really pleased with how this one turned out, and I hope it’s new owner enjoys using it as he grows up.

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  • #553939
    GfB
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    @awesomeopossum74

    That is really pretty! Does the tray have a specific purpose, like holding a treasure map?

    Can you post a couple more pics? I’m interested in seeing the top of the lid.

    #553942
    Misha
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    @misha2

    Nicely done. Wonderful present.

    Misha

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    sanford
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    @sanford

    Very nice! I like the hidden drawer. Do you have information to share about making a coopered lid like that, especially by hand?

    #554044
    davidlowton2
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    @davidlowton2

    Thanks for the kind words chaps, mush appreciated.

    If I’m honest I was up against the clock a bit with this one, and with hindsight I’d have made the lid differently.

    What I did was:
    Cut two semicirlces, (coping saw and rasp) then a whole bunch of 10mm square strips to create the curved lid. I clamped the semicircles to the (masking taped) dovetail box top, then glued the strips to the semicircles, fairing one edge of each strip with my trusty no.4 plane to get the edges of strips to fit nice and flush.

    With hindsight, rather than create two semicircles after creating the dovetail box, I’d actually integrate the semicircles as a part of the dovetail box ends, then plane and glue the strips as before, then cut the lid off the box as Paul showed in the Keepsake box project).
    This would result in
    a) Better matching grain and
    b) No chance of getting the lid go out of alignment with the box base. Which was a pain to fix…

    Hope that makes sense! Pic of closed box attached – bizzare green glow in that pic is from our slighly odd LED lights, the colours are actually a bit of a warmer colour in real life.

    All the best,
    Dave

    ps. The customer wouldn’t tell me what the secret compartment was actually for.. it was a secret!

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    sanford
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    @sanford

    Thanks Dave, so it sounds like you eyeballed the precise angles to edge joint the 10mm strips to get the right curve for the lid rather than somehow calculating the proper angles and marking them on each strip.

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    davidlowton2
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    @davidlowton2

    Correct! Although I did use this online stave calculator when I was making some wooden tankards a while back to “do it properly”!

    https://uniontownlabs.org/tools/stave/

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