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Project by Pdub posted 12-05-2012 04:09 PM 1501 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend my daughter came to me and said she needed a pirates treasure chest for a school project. The teacher said they could buy one but she wants us to make one. So, of course I said yes. On Monday she tells me, I need it by Thursday! Off to the store I go to buy pine and hardware. Last night after work and supper we head out to the shop and this is the result. I let her help whenever I wasn’t using a power tool. She used my air staple gun to attach all of the strips of wood. I then put her in coveralls and rubber gloves and let her stain it. She wanted it to look old so after re-sawing the boards I left the rough side out so the stain wouldn’t go on smooth. After staining it I took a torch and put a few burn marks on it. WARNING: Stain flames up a bit when it isn’t completely dry and you hit it with a torch! The reaction from my daughter was priceless. Well, I didn’t burn up her chest like she accused me of doing and she was pleased when we were finished. I don’t know about her but I had a blast and I think it turned out alright! Thanks for looking.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#1 posted 12-05-2012 04:11 PM

Good Job Paul

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 04:18 PM

Sounds like fun stuff!

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

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 04:27 PM

I always had fun working with my daughter and watching her reactions when something unexpected happened. Sound like you had fun. She will always accuse you af trying to burn that chest up.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 12-05-2012 04:32 PM

Way cool! I’m with johnstoneb – she’ll never let you live that one down. Thanks for sharing.



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#5 posted 12-05-2012 04:47 PM

The value of your time spent with your daughter is the most priceless part of the project. Having something you can talk and laugh about for years to come is irreplaceable.

Good looking chest also

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-05-2012 04:47 PM

Nice story, thanks for sharing. I have experienced the same with the last minute notification from my girls and I always make out like it is a big deal for not telling me sooner. But inside I cherrish every single time they come to ask for help with something like this becuase they grow up too fast. I hope she gets an A for the class!


-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#7 posted 12-05-2012 04:52 PM

Good job and gret getting the kid involved. She will remember that for all time.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 12-05-2012 04:54 PM

Terrific project! I love how you added instant age by torching it..Ill have to remember that. I just built a one day volleyball box (what you stand on for practice to hit at the girls etc) yesterday for my daughters team. turned out great!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#9 posted 12-05-2012 06:18 PM

Thanks everyone! I’m sure Bruce and TZH are right. I’ll hear about this for years. She seems to be more interested in doing things in my shop lately. Hopefully she will keep that interest and leave the boys alone for awhile. LOL

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#10 posted 12-05-2012 06:27 PM

pop to the rescue

well done

instant old !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

#11 posted 12-05-2012 08:11 PM

You two did a great job on this

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#12 posted 12-05-2012 09:38 PM

Marvelous! A keepsake for sure!

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#13 posted 12-05-2012 10:02 PM

Very cool! I was fortunate enough to have a grandfather willing to make stuff out of wood on a short schedule too! Keep it up, your grand children will never forget it.

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#14 posted 12-05-2012 11:25 PM

VERY NICE! Congrats on an awesome piece, and on making her timetable.

I knew you could ‘age’ a piece with the torch, but it’s a good tidbit to file away that not-quite-dry-stain can flare up!

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#15 posted 12-06-2012 01:16 AM

Awesome chest, great job

-- Norman

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