A Treasure chest.

This treasure chest was designed to be reminiscent of a pirate's treasure chest, but smaller so that it could be used to store secret items, special toys or personal photos.

Pirate Treasure Chest









The raw material for this object was a pine shelf. 12mm thick and 4000mm long and 300mm wide. This piece of wood determined the final size of the chest which would be xx x xx x xx










The shelf was cut into sections to make the basic box of the chest.

Proper joints could be used here or dowels, but I had no such skills and the wood was thick enough to be glued and nailed along the edges.

In fact, authentic treasure chests were often crudely made so fine woodworking joints might be considered out of place on this project.









The lid sides were cut to be a perfect semi-circle taking into consideration the thickness of the wood that would be used to clad the lid.

In this case the cladding would be 12mm thick and so the semi-circle had a diameter equal to the width of the box less 24mm.









The remainder of the shelf was cut into 25mm wide strips which would be use to cover the lid.









The fist lid cladding piece was chamfered on the lower edge so that it would sit flush with the top edge of the box but also lean into the curve as shown.

In this position it was glue, drilled and nailed to the lid sides.









Each piece of lid material had one edge angled to mate against the previous part. This angle was measured as shown, by holding the part in place and drawing a line of the edge which when from the outer corner of the part to the centre of the semi-circle.

This angle was about 12 and once the band saw table had been tilted all the parts were cut with the same setting.









This process of gluing and pinning each piece was continued until all but the last part had been fitted. This was all done with the lid sides clamped in place on the box, so that it would be a perfect fit.

The last part had to be slightly thicker and so was cut to suit the remaining gap, but it was still chamfered to the same 12.









Once the glue had dried the nails were recess slightly with a punch and the belt sander was used to round off the lid surface and smooth off the uneven ends of the lid pieces.









The box was stained sanded on all edges to give it less regular and more weathered appearance.

It was treated with some wood stain and then finished with some linseed oil for the final finish









Some 32mm wide metal strips were cut and painted black to add some detail to the outside. The strips were held in place with furniture tacks.

Some small angle brackets left over form the new kitchen units were added to the corners and a wire hasp added at the front.









At the back, two hinges from the hardware shop were added, screwed over / through the metal strips.









Handles were added on both ends. These were made from a section of broom handle, cut and cross-drilled to take some sash cord. This was threaded and knotted on the inside of the box.











Filled with some small presents and chocolate coins, the treasure chest made a fine Birthday gift.