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skogie1

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09-03-2014 03:33 AM

For Christmas this year I’m going to make a treasure chest for my 5 yr old and one for his cousin who is 4. At this point I’m just forming the project in my head so I’m asking for any and all opinions and thoughts. I’d like to make it out of some sort of rough wood like reclaimed barn planks or something but that is not at all necessary, just a thought. And I’d like to incorporate a couple of nifty features that little boys will think are cool like a hidden drawer and whatever else anyone has to suggest. So….if you were to make a treasure chest for a couple of little guys what would you do and what would you make it out of and how would you do it? Many thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 09-03-2014 04:38 AM

Sounds like a great gift! I’ve not created (or even dreamed of) such a chest, though, so consider this encouragement to get started as best you know how and it’ll come together fine!

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 11:30 AM

Someone here (dont remember who, I hope they’ll see this and speak up) built a toy box for his nephew (I think) and he put a hidden drawer in the bottom. He put some items in the drawer (maybe some pictures of family and a current newspaper’s front page?) but he DID NOT tell anyone about the hidden drawer.

If I remember correctly, when the kid turned 10 years old, he revealed the hidden drawer and it’s contents.

I think that was the coolest gift EVER!

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 12:37 PM

You could add a wood lock.

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#4 posted 09-03-2014 12:40 PM

I don’t know where you’re located, or if this will even be an issue for you, but maybe you can learn from my mistake. Since you have kids, time may be scarce. I got so busy that I wrapped up construction on a toy box in late November, unfortunately my garage gets too cold to apply finish in the winter, so the box was not done in time for Christmas.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 12:41 PM

Looks like LJ BigLarry has built two of them.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 01:28 PM

Yes, weather will be a concern. I can finish it in a room downstairs off the basement that’s heated. Good tip.

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#7 posted 09-03-2014 03:18 PM

From experience, I’m not sure I’d use barn wood, simply because it can be brittle, and sometimes tough to keep the look, & get all the splinters sanded off. My suggestion would be, if you wanted to use reclaimed wood, take a look at pallet wood. It is good lumber, and not quite as brittle as barn wood. We work a lot with barn wood in our projects, as that’s what customers request. But pallet wood is fairly easy to come by, and easy to work with. You have a unique idea with the secret drawer. Keep it in mind! If you have a scroll saw, you could make a few items to put in the drawer for them. I made a toy box for my great grand son last year for Christmas, & I made several gears on the scroll saw out of mdf. I set them up so they were in sets of three or four, with a small dowel to turn the gears. They were mounted on the front of the toy box, and all run together when he turned the crank in two or three places. Be creative with your project, my friend. The more creative it is, the better they’ll like it, & the more they’ll play with it! Enjoy your project, & work safe!

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#8 posted 09-03-2014 05:01 PM

Pallet wood it will be. Got lots of it. Thanks.

If anyone has a link to plans or photos that would be great. I’m a newbie.

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#9 posted 09-03-2014 05:15 PM

Include a treasure map in the hidden drawer of their backyard and the X marks a spot with a buried coffee can with trinkets in it. Maybe don’t tell them about the drawer but include a few marbles or something that will rattle around when moved to tip them off that there is “something more”.

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#10 posted 09-03-2014 05:28 PM



Include a treasure map in the hidden drawer of their backyard and the X marks a spot with a buried coffee can with trinkets in it. Maybe don t tell them about the drawer but include a few marbles or something that will rattle around when moved to tip them off that there is “something more”.

- LiveEdge

Maybe put one X on there as well that has nothing buried under it. Should keep them occupied for a while.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#11 posted 09-03-2014 06:48 PM

Love the treasure map idea!

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