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
To start this project off, I first ripped a 1/2" inch off my 4x4 piece of cedar using the table saw. This will act as my lid. I also marked a square in the center of my soon to be box where I will begin hollowing. I measured 1 inch in from the ends and a 1/2 inch in on the sides to give me a nice sized template for where the box will be drilled out.
Step 2: Hollowing the box out
Next we are going to use the drill press and a 1 1/2" forsner bit to hollow out the inside of the block. Make sure you set the drill press to drill to a consistent depth, I chose 1 inch depth from the bottom. Try doing all 4 corners first and then work your way into the middle of the block.
Step 3: Chiseling out the block
Now we must chisel out the inside of the box and make the walls of the box flush. The sharper your chisels, the better the finished product. The ends of the box will be the most difficult as you will be chiseling against the grain. Work slowly and you shall have success! Try and make the bottom of the box flush as well so when you place the bottom plate in the next step, it sits flush on the bottom.
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.