I’m not great at it, but it calms me when I’m working on a project. I’ve been dabbling with woodworking for a dozen years or more; construction-type woodworking for a couple dozen years. My equipment isn’t great, and I have very little time, but it’s still fun.
Anyway, I have always wanted to make a treasure chest, so I did.
This is made from scrap wood. The top and sides are all 1/4″ strips cut from old 2×4’s. The inside and bottom are 1/4″ and 1/2″ (respectively) plywood I have no idea where I picked up. I hate to see good wood in the trash. The only thing I bought was the hinges, hasp, chain and handles (which you can’t see). All total, this cost me about $15 to make.
I cut 1″x 1″ supports and created a rough frame. I used 3/8″ dowels (also scrap) cut into pegs to connect the pieces with wood glue. The chest is 24″ wide, 12″ high without the lid and about 14″ deep…I think. I don’t remember the dimensions at this time. I used a very large compass to draw a circle on cardboard, and then cut it out. I lined it up with the top of the box to get the “right” angle for the lid and then used that as a pattern for the plywood supports. Brad nails hold the slats to the frame and lid supports.
Sand smooth (yes, it’s smooth, but the marks in the re-purposed wood give it the character), stain and then clear coat. One application of stain, three applications of clear coat with a light sanding between. Final sanding is done with a plain piece of white paper.
Add hardware, and BOOM! Treasure Chest!
Don’t waste wood, use it!