Pirates Chest

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Project by DYNO360 posted 07-22-2010 07:33 PM 2328 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always liked pirates’ chests, and thought it would be a challenge to make one, considering all four sides are angled (makes it easier to fit into a hole) and the top is curved (helps to keep the top from caving in when burried). Corners were glued and doweled. Top was made by fitting small strips with each edge planned to match the direction of the curve. A hasp was incorporated into a wood applique of a skull and crossed bones. Thin strips of wood were bent to follow the curve of the top and then painted gloss black to resemble metal straps.
When making a box, often the box is constructed and then the top is cut off, insuring perfect allignment. Since the bottom had angled sides and top did not, I had to construct the top separately. I build the bottom half, then covered it with wax paper, and then glued up the top in order to get the allignment.

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 07:50 PM

Nice assembly hint.
Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 08:05 PM

What size is it? Looks really nice and I bet yo already hace it filled with gold bullion and treasures. Planning on burying it in your back yard?

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 08:21 PM

Thanks for the comments. Chest is 14 Long x 9 Deep x 9 High I plan on entering it in the county fair in August. After that, it is for sale.

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#4 posted 07-22-2010 08:39 PM

Nice chest. First one that I’ve seen in a while.. ARRRRGGGGG!!!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 07-22-2010 09:05 PM

Very nice treasure chest, I always wondered why they were rounded on top. I like how you painted over the hasp to match the chest.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 10:28 PM

Great work. I’m just about done with my pirate boat bed this is the next thing.

-- Russ

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#7 posted 07-22-2010 11:24 PM

Very cool chest!

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#8 posted 07-22-2010 11:44 PM

YO HO YO HO a happy chest is this .great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 07-22-2010 11:57 PM

This is awesome! What…no pictures of the booty inside? :-)

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#10 posted 07-23-2010 12:18 AM

ARRRRR!!! a fitting seachest for a captains plunder!! good job :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#11 posted 07-23-2010 01:31 AM

Hey, where’s the gold?!!!
Nice chest.


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#12 posted 07-23-2010 02:26 AM

give mee the cordinates after you have burried the chest of gold
and you can be sure I have the right shovel and motivation…......LOL

thankĀ“s for sharing this niice chest

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#13 posted 07-23-2010 02:32 AM

Great job on the chest. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 07-23-2010 02:44 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 07-25-2010 02:25 AM

I love it! Awosome job!

-- christopheralan

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