Pirate chest

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Project by papaj posted 12-15-2009 01:46 PM 1935 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a pirate themed birthday party for my grandson’s 9th birthday this year. I made him a pirates chest out of scrap marine plywood (aquatec) very nice material. I only had two days to make it due to other projects. Put it together and stained it one day and polyurethaned it the next.

It has a false bottom in it to hide all the treasures a mom probably wouldn’t want to know about. His dad knows how to get into the hiddin bottom. The only way to get the bottom up is to use magnets. You can see the two lifting magnets in the pictures. It is a very close fit, and the bottom does not move even in turned upside down and shaken. I gave my grandson to magnets with rings attached, so he can lift the bottom out of the box. I should have taken a side pic to show the compound curves of the top. It also has matching handles on each side.

We filled the chest with candy coins and other treasure for the party, and all the little pirates got to share in the wealth after a treasure map hunt that included a large city park and a shoppiing mall. The party was inside a pirate store that has a private party room.

I had a blast making it for him.

-- papaj, Oregon

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John Stegall

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 02:46 PM

It looks like you did a terrific job. Aren’t GKs wonderful?

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 03:21 PM

Way to go Grandpa! I did something similar for my youngest a few years ago. We did a pirate theme and I made him a small treasure chest filled with plastic gold coins. Not nearly as grand as yours but I think the real creation is the memories. Your grandchild will hold on to that memory for a very long time.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 03:48 PM

Great chest, I am sure your grandson will “treasure” it.. ;-) I just had to say that..

I like the false bottom, and method for opening it.

Thanks for sharing…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 03:52 PM

Great job Gramps.
The hidden bottom is cool.
And welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#5 posted 12-15-2009 04:31 PM

Very nice chest – great work papaj!
How are u sure his mom does not read this post? Who knows “She” could be any one of us…LOL!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-15-2009 04:44 PM

Nice. I like hidden storage.

-- He said wood...

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 10:25 PM

Very cool. Magnets were a great idea.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 05:11 AM

great project. been noodling a magnet key idea for opening a secret compartment. Impressed at how well it works with such a tight fit. very nice!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 12-16-2009 08:51 AM

You all are to kind. I have viewed your projects as well and they are all very well done. I can’t wait until I have time to work on quality projects such as the ones you all have done.
I am fortunate to have my grandson close enough that I can spend quite a bit of time with him. GK’s are the best.

-- papaj, Oregon

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