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Project by chopnhack posted 667 days ago 2785 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Done in time for Halloween!!! The boys wanted to be pirates this year and naturally needed a treasure chest to collect their booty from the neighborhood! LOL My search for plans yielded a few plans that were free but nothing fit the bill. I really wanted something special and the youngest watches a show that has a treasure chest in it and he wanted it to be that shape. A few quick renderings in sketchup and some tweaking in the shop for proportions and a box joint jig later and we have a chest! Well it wasn’t really that fast…. The main pieces were cut out very quickly, the coopering of the top is another story. If only I had a pair of dividers…. I did the top by carefully marking and fitting each piece using a block plane and sandpaper. I needed to use a dremel to carefully grind the underside of the slats to allow the side supports of the top to “notch” into the top slats as the slats started around the upper curve. Around the lower curve, the underside of the slats needed to be relieved to follow the curve. Fun, but time consuming and I probably should have jointed the slats first….

I used Transtint dyes and some van dyke brown glaze with shellac as the finish. The shellac was rubbed down with fine steel wool to take the sheen down a few notches.

The brass latch in the front was improved upon by adding a small plastic “washer” cut out of a thin sheet of plastic from an electrical tape box cover. It stuck to the new finish well and allows the brass lock to pivot smoothly.

Thanks for looking, hope you liked it!

-- Sneaking up on the line....





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sethwells

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#1 posted 666 days ago

Great pirate chest! Could the show that your youngest watches be….Jake and the Neverland Pirates? ‘Cause it looks like the one in that show (I have a 4-year-old little boy – I think that is required watching).

What did you use to fasten the top slats? Are those some kind of special nails?

I’m interested in making a pirate chest (or two) and would love to see the plans for this one – if you wouldn’t mind sharing.

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chopnhack

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#2 posted 666 days ago

Thanks Seth! And yes, you guessed it! I didn’t have time to do any banding or anything else, but at least the shape is correct. The slats are shaped and glued to the top’s side supports. Each slat was clamped down to the side supports and to each other for at least 30 minutes. Don’t let the nails deceive you, they are only there for decoration and were added after the final shaping and sanding of the top. The nails are masonry fluted nails, not cut nails. There are really no plans per say as I did a few renderings and went from there.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 666 days ago

Great job! My little girl seems to be developing a fondness for all things pirate. I bet I’ll end up making something similar before long.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Fishinbo

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#4 posted 666 days ago

Keeping your plates full for the halloween.
Both your works – pirate’s chest and the anchor are proof of your excellent craftsmanship.

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vipond33

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#5 posted 663 days ago

I really like the look of this chest, it’s an instant antique. The nail work really makes it shine and the slightly rough construction helps out with the fantasy I’m sure. Any idea why (historically) the lid has such a high curve to it? It’s an iconic shape yet I can’t see any obvious reason for it.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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chopnhack

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#6 posted 663 days ago

Thanks guys!

Gene thanks for picking up on the details! The slightly rough construction was not by design, but rather virtue of my limited time, skill and work holding surfaces. I found myself shaping the top slats with a block plane and holding the slats as I shaped them :O It seemed the only way to achieve a rounding effect to the underside of certain slats.

To your question, I do not have a definitive answer. My conjecture is that the domed tops:
1. Kept water out by allowing it to run off.
2. The shape was stronger than a flat top and may have been used to sit on.
4. The domed top allowed for more storage.

Thanks for finding my project, I am always amazed at and follow what you post. Very inspiring work :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 634 days ago

Wow! Very cool, and a very nice job on that top! Wooden dowels?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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chopnhack

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#8 posted 634 days ago

Thanks Mike! The chest was made out of two 1×12’s and a plywood bottom. The top was made up of narrow slats that I beveled together using a hand plane.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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GaryCN

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#9 posted 316 days ago

Can you post the sketchup schematic that you made?

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 316 days ago

This is a very attractive chest. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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chopnhack

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#11 posted 313 days ago

Thanks guys.

Gary, here are some more photos. I tried to upload the sketchup file, but trimble doesn’t support the free version being uploaded to the 3d warehouse anymore?? Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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