Treasure Chest - The Base (Part 1 of 2)

This project was designed to keep safe some very special ATCs sent to me by friends near and far on the occasion of the Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday 3rd Anniversary.  It could be used for storing anything really but I wanted to share with you why I made it.

I decided to make this tutorial as I designed this project so it is a warts and all look at what I did and decisions I made designing this project.  Hope you like it (don't look at the well loved cutting mat!)

This project was made using a sturdy mount board 2mm thick.

To construct the base of the chest and to cover the outside:

Step 1:  Cut 4 pieces of mount board; 1 of 3 1/2" x 4 1/4"; 2 of 2" x 3 1/2" and 2 of 2" x 4 1/4".

Step 2:  You need 2 sheets of 12" x 12" card to cover the outside of the trunk and 2 pieces of 12" x 12" card to cover the inside of the trunk and to make the strapping.  Cut a piece of the outside paper at 9 1/2" x 8 1/2".  Place right side down on your desk in the landscape position and then glue the trunk base to the centre of the paper also in the landscape position.  I used Rangers Glue and Seal but any strong PVA will work.  Next glue the long sides into position on the paper.  Use a scrap of mount board as a shim when positioning the sides.  The gap will allow you to fold the sides of the trunk into position.  Do not glue the short sides into position yet but place them in position on the paper so you can cut the corners correctly.  (I made my first error at this point.....more later)!

Step 3:  Working on the bottom left corner first.  Cut diagonally from the corner of the base to the corner of the paper (Use a craft knife and metal edged ruler).  Then holding the short side in position (it is not glued) run your craft knife along the edge removing a triangle as shown in the photo above.

Step 4:  Measure a half inch from the edge of the front glued side and cut the triangle piece into a tab.  This tab will be used to construct the base of the treasure chest.

Step 5:  Repeat Step 3 and Step 4 for the remaining 3 corners as shown in the photo above.

Step 6:  Cut all the corners of the paper diagonally as shown in the photo above.

It was at this point that I made my first mistake which result in the untidy corner you can see in the photo below.  The second mistake was to chose an obviously directional paper which didn't quite look right.  The instructions that follow will result in no tabs showing on the base of the chest.  Do as I say and not as I do!!

Step 7:  You are still working with the glued long sides top and bottom of the box base and the loose short sides right and left.  Now glue the long tabs in position on the top and bottom long sides (do NOT do the same for the short sides!!! Ignore the photo and move to the next step.)

Step 8:  Lift the long edges of the chest into position and secure the loose mount board short side into position securing with the two tabs.  Hold in position for a while until you are happy the tabs have secured the right short side and then repeat on the left.  Now you need to glue the paper into position.  When it it glued in place it will cover the tabs you used to connect the sides (why didn't I do that in the first place!!?)  Repeat for the left side. 

To cover the inside of the base of the chest:

Step 9: Working with the paper you have chosen to cover the inside of the chest. Cut 2 pieces of card 4 1/2" x 2 1/2 ". Position them in the landscape position right side down on the cutting mat. Draw a 1/2' border along one of the long edges and two of the short edges and tab as indicated in the photo.

Step 10:   Score and fold the 3 tabs. Place in position inside the box base on the short side and fit (trim as required) then glue each side into position.

Step 11:   Cut a strip of card 4 3/16" wide.  Place it right side down in the landscape position on a score board and score at 2" and 5 1/2" from the left edge.  Fold and insert into base and fit.

Step 12:   Use a pen to mark where you need to trim the strip to fit neatly inside the base.  Trim and then glue into position to finish covering the inside of the base.

You will have noticed now I recovered the base of my box on the outside with a more suitably patterned paper!

Follow the link to Part 2 of these instructions!

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