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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 1899 days ago 4289 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a treasure chest I made for my wife a couple years ago. She was doing a display at school and needed a pirate’s treasure chest. She didn’t want to spend much, so I used pine and a scrap piece of floor underlayment for the lid. It was kerf cut for the bend. She wanted to be able to put a flat top on it later for another purpose, so I made the slot on the back for the hinges to slide into. I thought the classic pirate’s treasure chest should have sloped sides and wanted to get away from the standard square box. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to practice dovetails. This was the first time I cut them on a mitered side, much less a compound mitered joint! They are a bit loose because of the soft pine plus a miss cut or two here and there. I used some walnut stain that was lying around. I don’t recall what was used for the semi-gloss finish. It is 14” long x 10 wide x 11.5 tall. OOops, almost forgot she wanted a false bottom so it didn’t take so much “Treasure” to fill it for the display.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence





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lew

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#1 posted 1899 days ago

Very Cool!!

What grade does your wife teach?

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degoose

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#2 posted 1899 days ago

What a cracker!!!
Damn fine chest.. looks to be made when pirates sailed the Spanish Main.

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 1899 days ago

looks like fun ... bet it went over well at the school

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1899 days ago

She is a paraeducator (teacher’s aide) in the library. It has drawn a few oos and aws where she has taken it. One lady wanted me to make her one, but she decided her husband could do it, if he would:-)

PS, thought I’d better get some projects posted before ya’ll decided I was just a wannabe :-)) I finally took these pics today. I have taken them several times. I still don’t like them, the lighting never seems to come out right on the curved top.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tomakazi

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#5 posted 1899 days ago

Looks great to me. Thanks for posting. I’m sure there’s gunna be a pirate theme birthday party in my future, so I’ll be looking this one up again.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1899 days ago

That’s a fine chest looks great

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Don K.

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#7 posted 1899 days ago

So what did you do with the treasure ??? It looks empty lol. Nice work !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1899 days ago

No treasure left, the wife spent it all :-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Don K.

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#9 posted 1899 days ago

Believe me…I know that feeling !

-- Don S.E. OK

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stefang

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#10 posted 1899 days ago

Great job Bob. I can relate to it’s being empty. Maybe you can sell these to the government to keep our money in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Splinterman

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#11 posted 1899 days ago

Hey Topamax…...great looking chest…...well done.

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sharad

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#12 posted 1899 days ago

That’s a very good chest. Your dovetailing on the mitered side is what impressed me.Great service to your wife.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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mtnwild

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#13 posted 1899 days ago

Very cool! That’s using some great skills coming up with that.
I have many young friends that would love to have one of those.
Good project to practice skills and a super gift for the young.
Great to see, thanks…....................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 1899 days ago

Thanks for all the comments. Now, I’ll fess up. I only had to make one new end when I cut those compound miter joint dovetails wrong :-)) I made the pins and tails about the same size because I wasn’t too sure how it was all going to work out when I started. That pine was so soft, I was a bit worried about having the pins to small. The front and end both slope at the same angle.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1899 days ago

Mike, if I made them for the gov’t, they’d probably pay in worthless Continentals. My 7th Great Grandfather lost everything because he was paid with them for his service in the War.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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