This is a simple project that can be completed in an afternoon. Tools that I used are as follows ( not all are necessary, use what you have available!):
– chisels and mallet
– drill press
– table saw
– sand paper
– wood glue and tack nails
– router ( I did not have one but this tool is a great asset)
– treasure and lots of it to fill your chest
– trust worthy treasure guardian
Step 1: Ripping the lid and marking the template
Step 2: Hollowing the box out
Step 3: Chiseling out the block
If you have a router, it would be handy at this point as you could router along the inside edges of the hollowed block to give a nice flush finish.
Step 4: Inserting the bottom and side walls
Use wood glue and clamps to hold the side pieces in place until they dry. You can get creative at this point and build spacers if you prefer. I need all the room possible for my treasure so I decided not to insert spacers.
Step 5: Making the lid fit and sanding
Finally I sanded the box down starting first with a rough sand paper and moving down the line to a fine sand paper. You can stain the box if you prefer, I didn’t as I enjoy the smell of the cedar!
Step 6: Filling the box with treasure and finding a gardian
Of course with every treasure box you’ll need treasure to fill it. I filled mine with millions in Canadian currency.
With so much value at stake I needed to find a treasure keeper worthy of protecting my loot. She does a fine job when she’s not sleeping or outside chasing elk!
Lastly, I didn’t mention this earlier but I built a small hidden compartment in the box where my girlfriend inserted a secret note. When drilling out the bottom, I drill an 1/8th of an inch lower in one corner and placed the note in this depression. When I inserted the bottom plate, this covered the secret compartment which has now become part of the box. Someday many thousands of years from now, some space archeologist will discover this box and the secret it contains and the world will be saved…. maybe.