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post #1 of 14 Old 04-08-2015, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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I need a little bit of help

I have a project I am planning on its a semi small treasure chest. But I don't want it to be plain Jane anyways I can't figure out how to make the curved ribs on the outside. I've seen some that used a metal, some that looks like leather and some used wood but i can't pic which I want and if I go with wood I have no clue how to make it bend like that. If I can figure out how to post a pic of what I'm talking about I will. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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You don't always have to bend wood to get a curve. depending on the application sometimes you just cut the wood out on a curve, like with a bandsaw, for example. For sure you will need a thick enough blank in order to cut it on a curve, so that the outside is face grain.
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curved top chests

Some chests have a curved top:


Others have a curved top in both planes, much more difficult:





Others have a "simulated" curve made from straight slats, much easier to make:




Depending on which style you want, a different approach will be required.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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Do you have a picture of what you want? That way people can make specific suggestions.

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Some chests have a curved top:


Others have a curved top in both planes, much more difficult:





Others have a "simulated" curve made from straight slats, much easier to make:




Depending on which style you want, a different approach will be required.
WoodNthings,
You amaze me how quickly you can come up with the pictures you post.
Very informative for this subject. Good job.
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I do have a pic but it won't let me post it :/ but it's pretty much the first one on that list of 3 the one with the curved top but I was planning on doing it more traditional with the slats but I still wanted that "rib" or trim to go on top to dress it up a bit I'll get on my computer in a few minutes and see if I can post the pic I'm using as a reference that way
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Pete Collins posted several videos on this forum showing how to make a chair. I watched them all and enjoyed them. Here is a link to the video that shows how he bends some wood. This is very cheap to make and if you aren't bending wood every day you might like it.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leaU...km8E-QruOXv2gC
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WoodNthings,
You amaze me how quickly you can come up with the pictures you post.
Very informative for this subject. Good job.
Jim
I use Yahoo search, I type in the subject "treasure chests" followed by the word "images". You can immediately see what to chose from. I right click "copy image" and paste it into the text OR add text which corresponds best to the image. shhhh don't tell anyone Jim.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Thank you for all the help guys I want to build a rustic looking one for myself I'm debating on scorching and sanding the wood but I don't know I'm going to experiment with 3 different smaller ones and use them as Christmas gifts I imagine by the time I build three I will have a good idea of what I want for my personal larger one.
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See the ones like in the first pic are what I like they are very decorative and I also like the planked kid and sides look like the 3rd one I kind of want to combine the 2 so I want the trim work from the first one with the build of 3rd essentially
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I made a curved top chest years ago, but pics are long gone. I used thin slats on the top edges, made from oak, after soaking with water for a few days and shaping on the workbench and letting them dry. The slats I used were maybe 1/4" thick.
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Not sure if my thread is dead or not but I wanted to post my progress I'm just waiting for my hardware to come in
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Looks like you did a nice job on it.
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