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.
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.