Treasure Chest

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Project by Woodfella posted 04-21-2014 02:20 AM 10572 views 25 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a treasure chest out of red oak for my 3 year old grandson. as he is is a big fan of Disney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates cartoon show. He was pretty excited that there was a hidden chamber to keep his new treasure maps in. Grandma chipped in by filling it up with some chocolate filled doubloons and other assorted treasures.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 04-21-2014 02:23 AM

Before I read it I knew it had to do with jake and the never land pirates. What a great place to keep his gold doubloons.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 04-21-2014 02:42 AM

Don’t know anything about the TV show but even from the thumbnail, I thought it looked like it had been made in the workshops at Disneyland/world. Work of art.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#3 posted 04-21-2014 02:57 AM

Beautiful work , skillful and fanciful , it looks the part .

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#4 posted 04-21-2014 03:15 AM

Just great! Would love to hear more about the build… Kind of wood? Did you distress it? Stain/finish? Are those leather straps? Where did you find the “rivets” in the leather?

Really neat job!

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#5 posted 04-21-2014 05:09 AM

Wonderful looking chest.


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#6 posted 04-21-2014 05:21 AM

Now that is a treasured chest, Your setting the grandparents bar pretty high.
“Did you distress it? Stain/finish?” methods and techniques?

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#7 posted 04-21-2014 06:18 AM

Wow that looks super, I am sure he loves it

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 09:14 AM

That’s fantastic. Super job on the chest.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 04-21-2014 10:38 AM

Way cool. Good Easter basket.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 04-21-2014 12:13 PM

Very nice treasure box. Love the style and lay out. A treasure box to be treasured for many years. Great job.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 04-21-2014 12:17 PM

Very nice design.

-- Dave -

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#12 posted 04-21-2014 12:29 PM

Thank you all for the favorable comments. The material is Red Oak that is from several oaks from my parents yard, that I took down and milled about 4 years ago. After assembly I wire wheeled it (with the grain) using a brass wheel on my angle grinder. Then I carefully scorched the exposed grain and leather straps with a propane torch. I then contact cemented the straps on, and secured them with the brass upholstery tacks. The only finish used was Rust-Oleum Clear Satin spray on the interior and the printed maps.

As many of you Lumberjocks already know, being a grandparent is an awesome and rewarding experience in itself. But as a lifelong woodworker I can’t believe how much his presence in my life, has infused this retiree’s woodworking enthusiasm and creativity with a very well needed shot of adrenaline.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#13 posted 04-21-2014 12:45 PM

It is a fantastic work of art, and labor of love. Excellent.

I was just about to ask about the finish, then got to your comment. I need an efficient means of making lumber look aged. Looks like this fits the bill, for oak at least.

The handles on the side. Perfect. Can you describe them?

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#14 posted 04-21-2014 01:10 PM

That’s a very nice pirate chest. You have the aging down pat. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 04-21-2014 01:44 PM

Great work and awesome detailing!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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