Mini Pirates Chest

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Project by rtbrmb posted 09-09-2017 12:36 PM 1040 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this miniature pirates chest for a co-worker out of red oak scrap I had in the shop, that I was able to get 1/4 sawn figure out of.

Another co-worker provided the contents- which is how I scaled the chest to size (it’s a half gallon).

I spent quite a while trying to figure out how to get a wood lid to the rounded shape I was able to end up with. I tried 1/8” bending plywood, which didn’t work and I also looked at nearly every pirates chest project on LJ but none were this small with the lid type wanted.

I decided to experiment and take scrap pieces of 3/4” plywood and cut identical shapes in all of them and made a small veneer press. I used three sheets of veneer-2 primivera and the top piece of oak burl. I used veneer glue and clamped them overnight and it conformed to the shape of the press. I had to put the project on a shelf for over a year before completion and in that time the veneered lid never moved, shrank, cracked, etc. so I was able to move forward with completion.

The end caps with the skulls were machined on my CNC and have a 3/8” deep groove on the back that the veneered lid fits into.

It was finished with GF seal a cell & multiple coats of GF arm- r- seal. I loaded the chest with hand plane shavings that I keep on hand-many from shaping the top rail (front and back) that the veneered lid sets in.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 09-09-2017 03:17 PM

This is a beautiful treasure chest.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 09-09-2017 03:25 PM

Nicely done.

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#3 posted 09-09-2017 05:23 PM

Well done building the chest. Looks great and will be a great gift.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 09-09-2017 05:29 PM

That is a great looking chest. Thanks for posting it. I find your veneer press technique very interesting, something I’ll have to try at a later date.

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#5 posted 09-09-2017 07:38 PM

Im absolutely love this, or should I say Argghh!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 09-09-2017 07:46 PM

I’ll say arggh, nice “shrunken” pirates chest.
I like the way you made the top!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 09-10-2017 12:29 PM

Fight! Fight! Fight-Team-Fight…. Victory for MSU!

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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