Treasure chest

 
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Treasure chest

Tidy up the toys? Don’t want to. But store treasure in a big treasure chest? That’s something altogether different!

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Now tidying up can be fun! Use this impressive treasure chest rather than boring old cupboards to store precious toys. It also makes a perfect seat.

Our treasure chest is constructed from two open boxes that are based on the same design and joined together with a piano hinge. All of the box parts are fastened with butt joints and the screw heads filled in with putty.

The following assembly instructions are intended for 19-mm-thick medium-density fibreboard (MDF). You must adapt the list of materials accordingly if you opt for other materials or material with a different thickness.

Ask your DIY store or carpenter to cut the required boards to size.

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • Set of wood drill bits
  • Sanding paper, grits of 120–240
  • Fine spray system
  • Folding rule, soft pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener
  • Adhesive tape
  • Wood glue, cloth
  • Clamps
  • 2 door stops (rubber discs)

Required materials:

  • Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)
  • Piano hinge
  • Bent-lever lock
  • Flat head screws
  • Paint

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

2

Long sides (upper)

400 mm

97 mm

19 mm

MDF

1

2

Transverse sides (upper)

162 mm

97 mm

19 mm

MDF

2

2

Long sides (lower)

400 mm

145 mm

19 m

MDF

3

2

Transverse sides (lower)

162 mm

145 mm

19 mm

MDF

4

2

Base/lid

400 mm

200 mm

19 mm

MDF

5

1

Piano hinge

400 mm

0.7 mm

6

1

Bent-lever lock

7

approx. 36

Flat head screws, 3.5 x 40 mm

8

4

Flat head screws, 3 x 17 mm

1

Joining the box sides together

1 - Joining the box sides together
Joining the box sides together Joining the box sides together Joining the box sides together

Lay the four sides of the lower box (bases down) on your work surface with the transverse sides between the long sides in the way you want to assemble them. Mark each side with a triangle so that you always know what goes where.

Draw a pencil line on each of the outer faces of the long sides at 10 mm from the edge. Along this line, mark the two holes for fastening the long sides to the transverse sides. Using the drill and 4-mm wood drill bit, make the holes in the long sides and countersink the outside of the holes. Now fit the long and transverse side together with the cordless screwdriver and screws (3.5 x 40 mm). Make the corner joints in all the other sides in the same way.

Tip for screwing together two pieces of MDF

In the piece where you want to insert the screws first, always pre-drill a hole that is 0.5 to 1 mm larger than the screw diameter; the hole should be countersunk for the screw head. In the piece that you are going to drill second, pre-drill a hole that is always 1 mm smaller than the screw diameter.

2

Fastening the base/lid to the box sides

2 - Fastening the base/lid to the box sides
Fastening the base/lid to the box sides

Now draw a pencil line all around the top of the base/lid at 10 mm from the edge. Using the drill and 4-mm wood drill bit, make two holes along this line on the short sides and three holes on the long sides. Countersink these holes on the bottom of the base/lid.

Place the frame that you have fastened together with screws in the previous step onto your work surface with the upper edge facing downwards (base) or lower edge facing upwards (lid). Now align the pre-drilled base/lid so that it is flush around all edges. You can then use the cordless screwdriver and screws (3.5 x 40 mm) to fit the base/lid through the holes. Refer to our tips on screwing together two pieces of MDF in step 1.

To make the second part of the chest, repeat all steps.

3

Joining the lower and upper boxes together

3 - Joining the lower and upper boxes together
Joining the lower and upper boxes together

Using clamps, fix the upper box to the lower box lengthways so that all edges are flush. You can now comfortably position the opened piano hinge on the two adjacent edge surfaces, mark the hole positions on the edges and pre-drill the screw holes. Fit the piano hinge using the cordless screwdriver and screws (3 x 17 mm) or the screws provided.

When closing the upper box as a lid, note that the piano hinge leaves a gap at the back, while the front edges close together tightly. Adjust the closure by attaching door stops (small rubber discs that prevent noisy slamming when wooden doors are closed) on the front edge of the lid.

4

Mounting the bent-lever lock

4 - Mounting the bent-lever lock
Mounting the bent-lever lock Mounting the bent-lever lock

The exact position of both parts of the bent-lever lock on the lower box and the lid must be determined through trial and error. The hook part goes on the lid, while the clamping piece goes on the lower box. Using a pencil, mark the position of the drill holes. Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (3 x 17 mm) or the screws provided, mount first the hook part and then the clamping piece.

5

Preparing the MDF surfaces

5 - Preparing the MDF surfaces
Preparing the MDF surfaces Preparing the MDF surfaces

Take time to prepare the surfaces so they are in the best possible working condition before you start assembly.

First, fill in the screw holes in the MDF surfaces on display using putty or wood putty. Once the putty is dry (check the manufacturer’s instructions), sand the area smooth using sanding paper with a grit of 120.

Chamfer the edges with sanding paper with a grit of 120 at a 45° angle until a small bevel is created. Use a sander and sanding paper (grit of 120 – 180) to work the MDF surfaces.

6

Surface treatment

6 - Surface treatment
Surface treatment

First read the manufacturer’s safety and handling instructions thoroughly. Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated and not used for smoking, eating or drinking.

Apply the priming filler with the roller or with a paint spraying system if necessary. Allow it to dry completely.

You should change the paint tank if you want to apply another material with your fine spray system in the next step.

MDF tips

MDF surfaces are highly absorbent. When doing so, you may need to pay particular attention to the edges (i.e. apply several layers). You can skip the time-consuming task of sealing the absorbent surfaces by using MDF with a primer film. This MDF guarantees a perfect finish without fillers, at least on the surfaces. Finely sand the primed surfaces and edges; increase the grit of the sanding paper from 180 to 220 to 240.

7

Painting the visible surfaces

7 - Painting the visible surfaces
Painting the visible surfaces

You will achieve the quickest and best result with acrylic paints. It is particularly quick and easy to apply these water-dilutable paints using a fine spray system. Alternatively, you can paint the treasure chest with emulsion paint.

Pour the paint into the paint tank and dilute it if necessary with water. Using a test board, adjust the spray jet at the nozzle and the paint flow at the setting wheel. The spray jet can be set to horizontal or vertical for surfaces and tapered for edges. Start with the edges and then paint the surfaces using even, parallel strokes.

Tip for painting

A wide range of paints are available, of various types and price categories. The main criteria in choosing a paint should be its workability, the technical equipment you have at home, and the surface quality and durability you require. Ask for advice at a specialist retail outlet. If you are not an experienced painter, we recommend that you practice beforehand on a sample piece.

8

Done!

8 - Done!
Done!


Legal note

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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