This is one that I’ll probably work on off and on for a while. I am in the process of commissioning some fancy coins to use as swag for my books. And if you have a pile of ancient treasure, you need a treasure chest, right?
I’ve seen lots of people do the “living hinge” chest here on the forum, but I wanted to give a slatted lid a try, knowing full well it wouldn’t look QUITE right without being able to bevel the slats. (And I’ll be darned if I’m going to set up a sanding jig or some such to super precisely create a bevel on 1/8th inch wood.)
So here’s what I’ve got so far. Designed in On Shape, built out of Draftboard.
Right now the whole thing is literally taped together, because of impatience. The hinges are cheap ones from amazon, with the pilot holes lasered in. It’s not perfect. Right now, the entire weight of the lid is supported by the half-slat at the front/back of the lid. I’ll probably do a version with a finer box joint there to increase the glue area. It’s not a terrible idea to double up the material in that spot to keep the screws from poking out on the inside. So consider this a second prototype. It’s also been suggested I could band the whole thing around the edges in leather, and even use the leather as a hinge. Might try that too.
Incidentally, this isn’t the final form factor I have in mind. I’d much rather do the more cartoon-like chest like this one, but box joints don’t like non-90 degree angles, so there would at the very least be lots of sanding to trim oversize fingers and such. Perhaps in a future iteration.