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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.

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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.
l8nite4 years ago
I agree with kiteman whole heartedly
Kiteman4 years ago
Parents who build stuff for their kids are the coolest!

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.

dennisyuki (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Thanks for the kind words.