How to Build a Pirate's Chest Wood Plans


According to the website, most little boys go through a swashbuckler phase, when they love everything to do with pirates. And while you may not make those little boys happy when you tell them to stop swinging from the curtains, you will give them a reason to be excited if they have their own treasure chest toy box. A treasure chest toy box can be made with a few woodworking tools and some scrap lumber.

Things You'll Need

  • ¼ inch thick scrap wood
  • Circular saw
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Clamps
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Hammer
  • Wood nails
  • Carpenter's wood glue
  • Drill
  • Wood burner
  • Two drawer pulls
  • Two hinges
  • Clasp

Cut out the Pieces of the Chest

  • Plan the size of your treasure chest, and cut the pieces of the chest accordingly. For a box that is 3 feet long, 1 and a half feet wide and 2 feet high, you will need to cut the front and back pieces measuring 3 feet long by 2 feet high and the sides should be 18 inches long and two feet high. The bottom of the box should be 3 feet by 18 inches.

  • For the sides of the lid, cut half circles that are 18 inches wide.

  • Cut strips of wood that measure ¾ inches wide and 3 feet long for your lid.

Assemble the Box

  • Cut away half of the outside edges of the front and back joints to the depth of ¼ inch thick where they will touch the side joints to make rabbit joints.

  • Join these joints with a clamp and glue along the length of the joint.

  • When the glue has dried, nail these joints in place.

  • Nail the bottom of the box onto the sides of the box.

  • Run a strip of glue along the length of the seam to secure it in place, and allow the glue to dry.

  • Sand the box completely.

Assemble the Lid

  • Create a bevel with sandpaper along the edge of each lid slat where it will touch the flat edge of the slat prior to it.

  • Lay your first slat against the curved end of the lid and glue it in place. When the glue has dried, nail the slat in place.

  • Clamp the second slat to the first and glue it to the first slat and the end of the lid.

  • When the glue has dried, nail that slat in place. Repeat until the lid is completely covered.

  • Cut the ends of the slats so that they are flush with the sides using the jig saw, and sand the surface and inside of the lid.

Finish the Box

  • Create a distressed look by scuffing the box and lid by beating it with a chain.

  • Burn marks into the surface of the box with a woodburning tool. For example, create artificial knotholes by drilling holes into the wood and burning around the edges.

  • Stain the box dark brown for an aged look.

  • Attach the hardware, including hinges, clasp and drawer pulls to the exterior of the box.

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