When I was young my Grandfather built me a small treasure chest. It wasn't anything really special, but for a boy dreaming of being a pirate, it was a prize possession. I now have 2 young sons and want to build each of them an heirloom quality pirate's chest.
I have spent a lot of time on design down to the last detail - like: size (13" high and deep, 20" long), a false bottom with a hidden release, a hidden document compartment, etc.
So, here's my question: What wood(s) should I choose?
I want it to be beautiful, a llittle exotic, heavy, strong and durable. Dark and authentic looking. I want to use no metal fasteners and will have a local blacksmith hand wrought the handles, hinges and clasp.
I also should say that I am not a very experienced wood worker. Have been building my skills on projects mostly of pine, poplar and oak. So, I need a wood that isn't too difficult to work. Cost is not a material issue.
I've been thinking about cocobolo, bocote and bloodwood (what better a wood for a pirate chest?) with either ebony or African blackwood as accents.
I've seen threads discussing problems with finishing, making clean joints, gluing, etc. and don't want to screw this up. I would really appreciate any guidance, advice and opinions you more experienced woodworkers can provide.
Many thanks - Crash