|Project by David LaBolle||posted 04-14-2011 12:37 PM||3468 views||15 times favorited||18 comments|
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