I am building a prototype “treasure chest” for a client who will want 4 for his girls. It is a cross between a jewelry box and a steamer trunk. It is about 13″w x 21″ l, ½” thick solid walnut with grain running lengthwise and dovetailed corners. The bottom is also walnut and will sit in rabbets and dados like a drawer. I plan to allow about ¼” for growth in the width.
My questions are:
How do I keep the bottom centered during glue-up? (I’d like to glue the bottom at the center for strength.)
How do I keep the glue off the bottom at the corners to allow it to move? (I want the box strong enough for these small children to mistreat it, as they probably will at some point.)
I want a curved top and am looking for tips on joinery for that also. My present thoughts are tongue and groove strips but I have no connections figured out for the ends. Any help here?
Any other help or suggestions will be appreciated.
Edited 1/6/2004 11:11:31 PM ET by Richard