Treasure Chest Plans

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If you want to learn more about treasure chest plans, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Select the right pirate chest plans for your needs before starting the actual construction project. There are so many designs and plans to choose from, that we really recommend you to browse through the related plans before buying the materials and starting the assembly. Work with attention and invest in high quality materials.

If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to plan everything with attention, as to prevent costly mistakes and to build a professional bench. Invest in high quality materials, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as the bench will be exposed to all kinds of weather. Apply a few coats of paint over the components, to enhance their appearance and to protect them from bad weather.

 

 

Treasure Chest Plans

Building a treasure chest

Building a treasure chest

 

  • 1 – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 18 1/2″‘ SIDES
  • 2 – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 32″, 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber- 12 1/2″ FACES
  • 2 – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18 1/2″x28 1/2″ BOTTOM
  • 3 – 3 pieces of  1×4 lumber – 18 1/2″ SUPPORTS
  • 4 – 14 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 32″, 3 pieces of 1×1 lumber- 32″ LID  
  • One day

 

 

Building a treasure chest

Building the faces of the chest

Building the faces of the chest

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the faces of the treasure chest. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to lay the 1×6 slats on a level surface and to lock them together by attaching several 1×3 cleats. Make sure you leave no gaps between the slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws to create rigid joints. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components.

Building the frame of the chest

Building the frame of the chest

The next step of the woodworking project is to lock the front and the back faces of the treasure chest together by fitting the side components. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×6 slats and secure them to the faces using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.

Attaching the bottom

Attaching the bottom

Build the bottom of the treasure chest out of 3/4″ plywood and drill pocket holes along the edges. Fit the piece of plywood into the plans and insert 1 1/4″ galvanize screws into the frame of the chest. Add waterproof glue to enhance the bond of the components and remove the excess using a damp cloth.

Building the lid supports

Building the lid supports

Build the supports for the chest lid out of 1×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the slats and get the job done using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues using a cleaner. Repeat the process for the rest of the supports.

 

Building the lid

Building the lid

Continue the process by attaching the 1×2 slats to the top supports. Drill pilot holes through the slats and secure them to the supports, as described in the diagram. Work with attention and invest in high quality materials. Leave no gaps between the slats and make sure the joints are rigid.

Building the trims

Building the trims

In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to fit 1×1 triangular trims to the lid, as described in the image. Drill pilot holes through the trims and secure them to the structure using 1 1/4″ galvanized screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and remove the excess using a damp cloth.

Treasure chest plans

Treasure chest plans

Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, we recommend you to check if the components are locked into place properly and structure is rigid enough for your garden. Secure the lid to the treasure chest by using several metal hinges. Make sure the top opens and closes properly before attaching the handle and applying the coats of paint.

PRO TIP: Fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper. Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Check out the rest of the project to learn more about building garden projects.

 

 

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