Treasure Chest For Card Game

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Project by Pooka posted 556 days ago 1697 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We play an awesome game called Munchkin our house. A while back we got a version called Munchkin Booty, a pirate-themed set. Since then, we’ve added two more expansions and a dire situation occurred. Nothing big enough to store all the cards, rulebooks and paraphernalia. So I got some inspiration out of the closet, a ton of reclaimed wood out of the back of my shop and took a few months (whenever there was free time) to cobble this baby together.

Made from repurposed cheap-o bunkbed wood (both pine and birch), plywood from a desk, handles from a cabinet, and brand-new (subsequently battered) hinges.

I used a hammer, saw, rasps and rocks to beat the crud out of this thing, gouge it and make it look like it had been through a few shipwrecks, battles and drunken maroonings on a desert isle before being dug up and put to use.

Finished with stain made from coffee, aniline dye, Minwax oak stain and then Poly clear coat.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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#1 posted 556 days ago

I don’t get much time to work in the shop, maybe a couple hours every few weeks, so this took way too long to finish.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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#2 posted 556 days ago

Way cool!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#3 posted 556 days ago

Its rough, its tough, and I love it. Excellent creativity.

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#4 posted 556 days ago

May have taken a long time, but the results are awesome.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 556 days ago

very nice…...

-- In God We Trust

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#6 posted 556 days ago

Thanks, guys!

I’m very proud of my sword slashes and all the wear-and-tear. That took me a while. Durned thing was ugly as freshly sanded wood. I should’ve taken pictures of progress. BORING before I did the damage and finishing.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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#7 posted 555 days ago

VERY cool, i like it. Great job distressting it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 555 days ago

Very cool! What kind of finish did you use?

-- A Laborer works with his hands. A Craftsman works with his hands and his head. An Artist works with his hands, his head and his heart.

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#9 posted 555 days ago

I used a bunch of stuff to get this finished:

Home-maid stain made from coffee (including the grounds which are ground into the wood with cloth), a heavily watered-down acrylic black paint wash, red and orange aniline dyes, Minwax golden oak stain and then about 5 coats of clear Poly.

All of these together got me the weathered look with a lot of variety so it didn’t look like hand-painted design. I put the poly on because I want this thing to last a long time with kids handling it.

-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.

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#10 posted 555 days ago

Fine lookin treasure chest.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 555 days ago

this is a really cool build, you could make these and sell them for this game…i love the distressing you did, it would fool me, i could swear this came from some old cave that some pirate stored his booty…maybe you should get a parrot to stand guard..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 555 days ago

Looks like the real thing.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 553 days ago

Excellent job and yes, Munchkin is an awesome game, although when we get together we wind up playing Magic the Gathering. I need to build some new boxes for those. I have about 8,000 cards. My brother wants a box exactly like this for his Magic cards. I’m copying. ;)

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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#14 posted 553 days ago

very creative. Looks like it just came off the bottom !

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