Pirate Chest

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Project by tonycr28 posted 11-19-2011 01:25 AM 4050 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little pirate chest I made for my sons over the summer. I saw the idea and plans in one of the woodworking magazines. I made it from some rough cut poplar lumber that I planed down. I stained it with a dark walnut stain. I aged the project some. I did add some rope lid supports. So far it has with stood the child test. The kids enjoyed it and my wife even approved. Still learning though.

-- Tony, Pliny,WV "Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one."- Robert E. Lee

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 01:37 AM

Nice job on the chest. I like the straps.

-- Paul

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 01:45 AM

Very cool.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 01:46 AM

Nice job. I have made a few rustic boxes myself. If you want the hinges to blend in better, you can take the galvanizing off them by soaking them in vinegar. Then melt some beeswax and turpentine together, get the hinges red hot and dunk them in – it will blacken them like your hasp.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 05:07 AM

very cool. Where did you get the straps from?

-- Measure Twice, Cut Once

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 12:09 PM

Aaarrrrgghhhh…...thats a nice chest. I bet the kids love it!

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#6 posted 11-19-2011 02:33 PM

Nice job! Do you remember which magazine you got it from. My grandson has been asking for one of these.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 04:15 PM

Did you make the gold to go in it?

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#8 posted 11-19-2011 06:14 PM

Unfortunately, I could not make the gold to go into the chest. The straps are just two black belts, the largest size you can find, with upholstery nails in them. I had to cut the belts and separate them on the bottom because the biggest I could find was somewhere around 52”. I think you needed 60” to go all the way around. I think you can find the 60” belts at the big and tall store, but I didn’t make it to one to purchase them. I will find which magazine it was and put it on here. Thanks for the ideas on weathering the hinges. I will have to try that.

-- Tony, Pliny,WV "Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one."- Robert E. Lee

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#9 posted 11-20-2011 01:12 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 11-21-2011 09:28 PM

The magazine that I got the plans from was Popular Woodworking #188 February 2011 issue.

-- Tony, Pliny,WV "Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one."- Robert E. Lee

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#11 posted 11-24-2011 04:06 AM

That looks really good. Just like in the movies. Good work

-- Be gentle I am only new to the game

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