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Daughter's Pirate Chest

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Project by TheCaver posted 01-01-2009 04:51 AM 1607 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this for my daughter over a weekend.

Coopered lid, made from poplar and pine scraps. Inset hinges/lock. Finished with dye – gel stain – poly.

Daughter and I beat it with sticks, keys, rocks, etc to get a worn look, she loved that part!

Made a hand built, removable till inside that slides on runners. Used walnut and ash for the till….

Pretty basic stuff…...

Third picture is before cleanup and waxing…..

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan





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jim1953

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 04:55 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-01-2009 05:12 AM

Nice weekend project JC.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 06:27 AM

Very nice work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 08:31 AM

Very cool argghh. Thats pirate for I bet your daughter loved it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Tom Adamski

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 09:43 AM

JC,
Thats some nice work… I’m sure your daughter will cherish it . Nice job on fitting the lock and hinges. did you use a template and router or just hand cut them? It looks pretty big too. What are the dimensions?

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Andraxia

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#6 posted 01-01-2009 02:35 PM

I wouldn’t call it basic stuff. It is beautiful. Though I personally would have a had time ‘aging’ it – I can understand why just would have had a hard time myself.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 01-01-2009 04:21 PM

Avast! Great looking chest ahead. You certainly did some clean mortise work on your hinges and the full mortise lock. Aarrgggh!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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TheCaver

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#8 posted 01-01-2009 05:33 PM

Thanks for the comments….

Tom, I cut the hinge mortises by hand, and cut the lock mortises with a router using an edge guide and some stop blocks….It was nerve racking, as you well know :)

Oh, and its 28in long, 11 or so wide, and about 15 tall…..dimensions were driven by the lid and the material I had on hand….

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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Karson

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#9 posted 01-01-2009 06:26 PM

JC a very nice job. I’m glad that your pirate daughter loved helping you make it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Tom Adamski

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#10 posted 01-02-2009 02:31 AM

That edge guide is a tricky thing… Seems you have it figured out. Nice job.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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TheCaver

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#11 posted 01-02-2009 03:19 AM

Yea, I built up the sides by clamping some scraps in order to give me a wide base. After that it was pretty easy….

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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Blake

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#12 posted 01-03-2009 06:50 PM

How could you stand beating on such a beautiful project with sticks and rocks! This came out so cool!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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daniel67usmc

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#13 posted 03-18-2009 08:30 PM

nice job i like the smooth look, i posted a chest i made for my son recently. check it out and let me know what you think ?

-- --Daniel- woodworking hobbyist -usmc/ PA

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