Pallet Pirate Chest

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Project by BigDaddyO posted 10-21-2010 03:29 AM 4185 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Pirate chest i made for my son. it’s about 16” wide and 12” deep. This is created from rough cut pallet wood. Notice the nail holes you can still see.

This is also my first completed project that was done entirely with hand tools. Surfacing and edge jointing, dovetails, everything.


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#1 posted 10-21-2010 03:40 AM

Arrrrrr Very kool Big-Daddy…. Nice hand work with everything you’ve done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 03:54 AM

great looking project. very precise work

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

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 05:08 AM

Very nice chest, good work, now I am waiting on the parrot.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 05:53 AM

not bad, not bad at all. i really like those dovetails. keep up the good work

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 07:42 AM

Very nicely done! I like it!

-- Clarence

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 07:54 AM

Hey Daddy O,
Now that is one sweet chest…nice job.

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#7 posted 10-21-2010 09:41 AM

I like it a lot too! it has character.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 10-21-2010 10:57 AM

So nice, what a lucky son you have.
You made some beautiful dove tails there.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-22-2010 05:49 AM

I keep saying that I’m going to do a project with just hand tools…........hasn’t happened yet. Nice Job!

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#10 posted 10-22-2010 08:39 PM

JBWoodWorks, Sell all of your power tools, wait a few years and you’ll have such a hankering to build something you will make it with a butter knife if you had to.


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#11 posted 12-31-2010 04:52 AM

I think it is intersting the way you laid out your dovetails. The pins being larger than the tails is not one I have seen often but I like the way it looks. I think the best part about hand cut dovetails is that you can do what you want with them and are not slaved to a router jig. Great looking project!

-- Mike, Western New York

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#12 posted 01-24-2011 02:39 AM

Thats a great looking chest.

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#13 posted 06-05-2011 03:02 PM

That is a really fine treasure chest. How did you attach the top slats…just glue?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#14 posted 06-05-2011 03:02 PM

Did you design the plans yourself?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#15 posted 06-14-2011 04:40 PM

There is a 3/4” pine arch glued to the sides under the top. The slats are then glued to the arch & sides. I used Gorilla glue because I wanted it to expand since the joints were not perfect on the inside.

Yes I designed the plans around the wood I had on hand, you kinda have to do that when working with Pallet wood.


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