Scrap Wood Treasure Box General Woodworking
This project came about as a result of a group collaboration with more than twenty other woodworkers on YouTube. The idea was to make a project entirely from scraps of wood and make a video of the build, and to post them all on the same day. I had done the same thing before with the bookends video and found that to be an interesting experience.
Here’s the video:
I started with some pieces of 2×4 that were end cuts from work I did on my house. They had been taking up space on the bottom shelf of my lumber rack since the springtime.
I cut these into strips, 1/2″ x 1/2″, then cut those to length for the sides and ends:
Along with the 2×4, I found a short piece of 2×6 to make the bottom panel for the box, and here I’m using my new clamps to glue that up:
The bottom panel cut to size with a rabbet cut around the edge.
The box goes together like a log cabin, to form box joints on the corners. First, I scorched each piece with a torch to mimic wear and erosion to make the box look old:
The box part done. This method for making a box can be used for something less rustic to form perfect fitting box joints.
The ends of the lid are curved and I used the dimension sheet (available HERE) to lay that out:
Connect the dots and cut it out.
Assembly started on the lid:
The slats for the lid are cut on one edge with a slight angle, as shown on the dimension sheet.
Then it’s just to glue and pin them in place up and over the lid:
The box will be stained later to even out the colour.
For the hinges, I wanted something very simple and made from wood. I started with these pieces:
Then rounded the end of the longer part with a sharp knife.
And cut the pivots out:
The bar is glued and screwed to the back of the box.
And the pivots are glued and screwed to the lid:
This will be scorched as well, to match the box.
To lock the box, I thought I would do something neat by making my own wooden key operated lock, rather than a metal hasp and padlock. It took a lot of messing around to come up with something that worked well, but the process was very interesting.
I started with some scrap 3/4″ Baltic birch plywood that I cut to 3/16″ thick:
I then laid out two 1-1/4″ circles with a forstner bit to cut out:
I made a 3/16 hole in one, and a slot in the other.
The one with the hole needs a pin and I made that from maple, whittled down to size:
A test to get the spacing right.
The lock parts go into a piece of 1/2″ plywood with two 1-1/4″ counterbores:
Then trimmed down to size.
The key is made from the 3/16″ plywood as well:
The finished lock:
The lock mounts inside the box and a small oval hole is drilled through, then scorched:
The lock is simple, but works well.
To make handles, I cut some of the scrap from making the bottom 3/8″ thick and dilled 1″ holes:
Then smoothed roughly with the carving knife.
Finished and scorched:
The hanger brackets get glued onto the sides of the box, with the ring inside.
Ready for stain:
First, I brush off any lose charred wood.
Then wipe on a coat of mahogany stain:
I let the stain dry for a few hours then spray on a coat of oil based satin urethane.
I lined the box with cedar scraps left from making my deck chair:
I glued cleats in the lid for the catch mechanism for the lid liner. The liner is a single panel that encloses the lid and creates a “secret compartment”.
The lid liner also engages the latch on the lock:
The catch for the lid is a spring loaded block and is released (as shown in the video) with a small drill bit or paper clip.
Several others participated in the “Scrap Wood Challenge” by making a project and video:
Fr. Thomas Bailey,
Manhattan Wood Project,
Fabian’s Tiny Workshop,
Patrick’s Work Shop,
Rock-n H Woodshop,
The Nomadic Polywright Show,