Treasure Chest Project

Tbox_Ortho.jpgThe Home Depot manufactures Treasure Box "kits" that can be assembled and customized.

Using these images as a reference, can YOU design a functional Treasure Box using Sketchup?
STOCK SPECIFICATIONS
  • 7/8" x 4" x 30" Pine Stock will be dressed for each student
  • Students will also be given a 1/8" thick masonite "floor" of the box
  • Begin with the DESIGN PROCESS
  • Be precise in your plans
    • Use fractional imperial dimensions
    • Align TOP, FRONT and RIGHT views
  • Design with a minimum of waste
  • Be as creative as possible in making a functional and beautiful small box.
  • CAUTION - the Mitre Saw can cut vertically to a maximum of 3" - don't design your box to be any taller than that if you want to use the Mitre Saw!


RESEARCH
  • Examine projects around the room left over by former students as well. Note which designs appeal most.
  • Examine the joinery (How are the sides and bottom connected?) Investigate other joints here
  • Take a look at Mr Leduc's "Half Lap" design page

PLANNING
  • KNOW THE LIMITS
    • Plan for a box height no more than 3" so that you can cut using the Mitre Saw
  • ROUTER FIRST PROCEDURE
    • Make appropriate Router cuts BEFORE cutting the sides free
  • FEED FROM THE LEFT
    • If using the mitre saw to cut sides, cut them off the RIGHT side of the stock, so that you have at least 6" of on the left side to hold the stock down to the table.


PREVISUALIZE your ideas using Sketchup
Know how to use the FOLLOW ME tool for bevelling and adding ornamentation


2D Plans - Here's a demo of an alternate design


Do you need to continue your work at home?




TOOLS
  • Bandsaw
  • Mitre Saw
  • Scroll Saw
  • Router Table (research it, and determine what you will be able to do with it
  • Disc Sander


RESEARCH:
There are limitations regarding the possible dimensions of your project that you must look into. Be sure to find the answers and report your findings on your research page for the following:
  • What is the ideal maximum HEIGHT of the sides? Why?
  • What is the ideal WIDTH of the sides? Why?
  • What are the maximum dimensions you can use for the lid?
  • What is the ideal thickness that the stock should be planed to?

ASSUME - based on the dimensions of the stock and the capabilities of the equipment
  • The max height of any side is 3" (the mitre saw won't cut stock any taller than that on end)
  • The Max dimensions of the lid are 4" square (based on the stock size)


Treasure Box Rubric.pdf
Tbox_Top.jpg
Top

Tbox_Ortho.jpg
Isometric

Tbox_Front.jpg
Front / Side

Tbox_Open.jpg
Open

Tbox_Bottom.jpg
Bottom

Notes:
  • The Lid effectively "plugs" the top of the box with an extruded section slightly smaller than what you can see in these pictures
  • The Bottom is a recessed piece of material that fits into a groove on all four sides of the box
  • The lining on the inside is velvet-like cloth fibers (called "flocking") which is adhered to the sides and bottom of the box
3.75" x 4" Design with Lid

TreasureBox_Lid01.jpg
TreasureBox_Lid02.jpg
FINISHED PRODUCT EVALUATION
V2 2012
  • PLANS
    • Does the final product match the original proposal based on the plans? Were those plans clear and feasible?

  • GENERAL DESIGN and BUILD
    • Was the design aesthetically pleasing as well as functional?
    • How complex was the design?
    • How skillfully was the product built?
    • Was the construction free of defects?

  • FINISH
    • How carefully did the student manufacture and finish the product?
    • Is if free of excess glue, pencil and scratching?
    • Has it been skillfully sanded?
  • FUNCTION
    • Does the product function well, and as intended?
    • Are the parts well balanced,sturdy and accessible?
    • Do the pieces fit well together?