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Pirate's Treasure Chest

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Project by David LaBolle posted 1197 days ago 2950 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Pirate Chest awhile ago because I wanted to see if I could make a coopered top. I had a bunch of off-cuts that became the slats on the top. For the sides of the lid I took a 2×8 and cut half rounds for the sides by tracing half the bottom of a five gallon bucket. Once I had the shape of the sides figured out, I put my first slats front and back on the lid. I planed each following slat to fit one-by-one to fit snugly and worked up to the top finishing with the final slat on the top. Each slat was pinned into place with bamboo chopsticks cut into pegs.

Once the lid was done, I made the bottom to fit. I cut the dovetails by hand and used no nails or screws. The whole project was made with some left over ground contact rated framing lumber I had laying around. After the top and bottom were done I used a router, chisels and a bit of head scratching to figure out how to get the top to fit onto the bottom half. The last step was to singe the whole thing with a torch to give it an aged rustic look.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for





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americancanuck

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#1 posted 1197 days ago

beautifull job

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Jared

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#2 posted 1197 days ago

mate that looks bloody great!!

-- JA

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storm50

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#3 posted 1197 days ago

Like the torched look.

-- Clay

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ScottnKY

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#4 posted 1197 days ago

Great Job,

Super burn job. Usually you can tell it has been torched, but yours just looks like some old cool exotic lumber !!!

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 1197 days ago

Shiver me timbers, that looks great. Aaaarrrrghhh!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Matt

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#6 posted 1197 days ago

Thar be gold there matey!

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MasterSergeant

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#7 posted 1196 days ago

I love trunks, thank you for sharing this one with us.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 1196 days ago

Beautiful. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#9 posted 1196 days ago

Hell yeah, torching is definately the way to go. Does it smell black powder also?

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1196 days ago

yo ho cool

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1196 days ago

I love the torched look for the chest, definitely completes the project!

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LittlePaw

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#12 posted 1196 days ago

As srong as it looks, you know what’s gonna happen, don’t you? A pirate’s gonna put his stolen treasure in it! You wouldn’t mind, would you, David?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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David LaBolle

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#13 posted 1196 days ago

It’s full of treasure now, Little Paw.

My kids read and re-read all of the Harry Potter books so many times that the covers have fallen off and the pages are falling out. When we would go out for the evening it would get to the point that they would take different sections of the book and read and quiz each other in the car. When they went away to college I could not bear to think of throwing the tattered books away. That beloved set of much read books is the treasure that is now stored in the treasure box.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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Julio

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#14 posted 1196 days ago

Wonderfully crafted David, nice work pretty useful

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LittlePaw

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#15 posted 1195 days ago

Exactly! I make things for my kids and grandkids with the same thoughts in mind. I love it when the grandkids tell their friends, “Pawpaw make it for me”

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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