My son's birthday is coming up and as you might have guessed, the theme of the party is pirates.   So for the party I decided to build a lockable treasure chest that will hold the birthday booty.

My wonderful wife has created a treasure hunt that will take the kids around the yard and the "X" that marks the spot will the the treasure chest that I have built.

I was even able to find on e-bay a working replica period pad lock.  

Step 1: Starting the with the base.

I do not have a list of materials, but I will give a general list of the items used to build the treasure chest throughout the instructable.

The treasure chest bottom box is 16" wide x 12" deep x 10" tall.   

I began building the side frame.   I split a 2x4 down the middle.  So now I have 2 pieces that measure 1.5"x 1.75".   Out of the wood that I split I cut 4 pieces each 9.25" long.  These will be the legs of the framing.

I cut a 1"x4" board to go between the 2 legs this will make up one side of the framing.   I made 2 side pieces and they look like the letter H.   the width of "H" from outside to outside is 12".

I attached the bottom plate to the "H" side frames. The bottom plate was made from 3/4" plywood left over from another project.

I skinned the side of the chest with 1/4" luaun plywood.  and the front and back with 1/2 cut log siding waste from a construction job site.

I used trim nails to attach every piece to the side framing.
You made a hard project easy, great job! I think I will try this with some scrap. Once again, great job!
I agree with kiteman whole heartedly
Parents who build stuff for their kids are the coolest!<br><br>If there's any justice, this trunk will spend may years at the foot of your kid's bed, reminding them what great parents they have.<br><br>
Thanks for the kind words.

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