cutting the bevels with a circular saw
Photo: Ryan Benyi

Step 10: Rip the Bevels

Set the blade of your circular saw to 45 degrees. Clamp a 1x6 skirtboard piece with the long edge hanging off the work surface, and rip a bevel along its entire length. Repeat on the other three pieces for the base. Then use the circular saw (or a sliding compound miter saw if you have one) to miter-cut the ends of these four skirtboards, as shown, to fit around the chest.
Next, take the lid you made back in Step 5 and clamp it overhanging your work surface. Use the circular saw to bevel the edges of the front and sides sloping in toward the chest.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamp
      36-inch bar clamps. At least three
    • finish hammer
    • belt sander
      Belt sander
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • jigsaw
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • drill
    • TruFit step bit
      Miller 2x TruFit step drill bit
    • flush cut saw
      Flush-cutting saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • multi-bit screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. Red oak 1x4s to build the box. Get six 8-footers.

      2. Red oak 1x6s Get two 6-footers for the base and one 8-footer for the lid.

      3. ½-inch oak plywood for the floor. Get a 2-by-4-foot sheet.

      4. Miller 2x dowels in black walnut. Go to Miller Dowel Company.

      5. Torsion hinges

      6. 1-inch brad nails

      7. 1-inch deck screws

    8. 1½-inch deck screws

    9. 80-grit, 180-grit, and 220-grit sandpaper

    10. Stain and finish of your choice

    11. Wood glue