Small Steamer Trunk / treasure chest / Box - need help


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My niece wants a treasure chest, so I am thinking about making a couple for Christmas for the various kids in the family.

Ideas: Use a scaled down version of Duane's Steamer trunk as the basic idea of the box. I was thinking about 1/4 the size. The trouble comes in when scaling down on getting the dimensions on the stiles and rails. The parts seem like they are getting a little too thin / short to be effective.

If anyone can help here is what I am looking for:

Steamer trunk in the size of a box that children can play with but it would also last. I am also planning on building the box completely and then cutting the top off so that it matches well. Building the top would be difficult at this scale.

The attached sketchup is a scaled down version of the one Marc built and I would appreciate any help or suggestions on how thick, wide, tall etc to build the box. Seems making the sides too thin will cause a good deal of difficulty.



Scaled_Steamer Trunk.skp

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