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    Default Plan for a cedar chest

    Good day, anybody out there knows where I can find the plan to make a cedar chest but with a round top, like a pirate chest. I know how to make the chest itselt, it is only the top that I am having problems with I don't know what angle I hould cut the wood for each row.

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    Norm did a round top chest. The link below will take you to it so you can purchase the plan.
    http://www.newyankee.com/getproduct.php?0203

    The next link is to a free plan:
    http://www.woodworkingcorner.com/treasurechest.php

    Otherwise do a google search for round top chest

    Hope this helps.
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    i would start with the lid, then build the box to suit rather than the regular way!!

    decide on the width of the slats and the number of them

    as an example a lid that spans 90 degrees and has 10 slats, each "miter" angle will be 9 degrees so each piece will have to be cut at 4.5 degrees

    width of the slats determines the circumference

    if you chestlid is 20 inches wide and a 1/4 circle lid is wanted, then the lid circumference is 20 * pi divided by 4 or about 15 inches, so each slat will be about 1 1/2 inches wide
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    Default Re: Plan for a cedar chest

    Steve, your math is a little off. At 1.5' slats x 10 slats this would span 15" when the width is 20" in your example.

    My calculations based on your example give about 4.14" rise and would need slats 2.22" wide for 10 slats.

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    Here is how I did my calculations.

    chest.bmp

    20 squared = r squared + r squared

    r = 14.14

    circumference = pi x d = pi x 2 x r = 88.86

    circumference / 4 = 22.215

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    The top doesn't have to be any more complicated than you want to make it. I built one a few years ago (the pics are in another hard drive, I'll post tonight).

    First figure out how much height you want on the lid; say 4 inches or so for a box that's 20 - 24 inches front to back. It's all up to you.

    Tack two nails in some scrap plywood to represent the front and back of the box, then position a third nail at the centre, raised the 4 inches above the line from front to back.

    Use a thin strip of wood and bend it aroud the arc created by the three nails. Trace the line. Now you have a pattern to bandsaw out three or four "ribs" for the top of the box.

    Once you have your planking strips cut (note the nautical term) place two together on the ribs, and look at the vee created by the two edges. Again trace the angle, and split it. You can measure the angle with a kids protractor if need be, great if you have a more accurate one or a digital angle finder. Set your table saw blade to one half of the vee angle.

    Then rip a few strips and check how it's going. Make adjustments as neccessary with a sanding block or sharp block plane.


    The entire point of this reply is that accuracy and planning are important, but are not the end-all and be-all of building a project, especially if its destined to be a toybox or hope chest for a little girl, as mine was. She'll love it regardless of how much geomtery you put into it.
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    Default Re: Plan for a cedar chest

    Merci a lot folks, but I took the easy way out and ordered a plan from Norm, have a good week-end

    Jacques L

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    Here are the pics. The trunk is made of Birch, with Oak edging.

    Right now, while it's a toybox (my daughter is 7) I left the inside unfinished. When she gets older, I'll line it with cedar.

    Good luck with your project, and post some pics.
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    Nice Box Bill, thanks for showing

    Have fun and take care
    Leo Van Der Loo

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    did you use cedar Bill?

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