Treasure Chest for a little over $10

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Project by RadioActiveRich posted 04-01-2014 03:49 PM 1225 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife asked for a treasure chest to put prizes in for her students. This is what my son and I came up with. We actually made this from less than $2 in wood (2 packs of 25 – 18” wooden garden stakes on sale for $1 per pack) and about $8 in hardware. Not too shabby. Stained with MinWax’ Dark Walnut stain and aged with a pre application of MinWax’ wood filler in various spots to make the wood look older when stained. Worked really well. The chest measures 10.5” X 13.5” X 14” tall. Her co-workers went NUTS for this thing. It was a fun project for my 14 year old son and I to work on together. :)

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 05:38 PM

Looks like a cracking project to get the kids involved with. Well done!

I reckon that you’ll be getting asked for more of them from her colleagues, pretty soon

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 07:12 PM

Very cool. Good job.

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

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 01:30 AM

Thank you! And yes, Matty they are asking for their own treasure chests now. So, I guess the trick is to make the new ones in a way that doesn’t make the Mrs.’ less special. LOL! :D

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#4 posted 04-02-2014 03:48 AM

Very good.

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#5 posted 04-03-2014 05:14 AM

Verry nice,rustic authenthic look!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 04-06-2014 12:10 AM

Arrrr…...Likes it!

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

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#7 posted 04-06-2014 11:28 PM

Looks good. Next up, do a viking chest.


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#8 posted 04-07-2014 04:31 PM

Nice treasure chest, a good chance for copying!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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