Now, I had all the materials on hand, so I have no idea how much this would cost, but I would assume somewhere in the $20-$30 range.
3/4" plywood sheet
1/4"x1/4" square wooden rods
about 5 ft of bead-chain
fine wire mesh
Dark Walnut Stain
paper (for the flag)
Optional: Lego figure
power sander and sand paper
assorted wood clamps
Step 1: Find a Template
Step 2: Cut Out the Base
Then, I traced the first piece again, but this time cut the piece out at a 15 degree angle. After the second piece was cut out, I traced its bottom in the wood again, cutting this time at a 45 degree angle. Thus, when the three pieces are stacked on top of one another, there appears to be a curve, much like that of a boat's. The sanding to smooth out the angles comes later.
Step 3: Glue the Layers Together and Add the Poop Deck
After it dried, I traced the rear 4" of the top layer in plywood to cut out the Poop Deck, using the same method of angle cutting for the bottom layer of the Poop Deck. I glued that to the deck, clamped it, and let it dry again.
Step 4: Cut Out the Masts and Yards
I cut the two yards on the front mast to be 6", and the two on the rear mast to be 7".
I also cut out the front triangular sail yard to about 4".
Step 5: Sand That Sucker Down
Step 6: Drill the Mast Holes and Drill the Railing Holes
I then marked with a pencil, where the railing posts would go around the entire deck, offset from the edge about 1/2", and then pilot drilled every marking with an 1/8" bit.
After that, I used the 3/8" bit to drill about 1/4" deep into all the railing post pilot holes.
I also drilled an 1/8" hole for the triangular sail yard at about a 40 degree angle, 1" below the deck at the very bow.
Step 7: Cut and Drill the Railing Posts
Step 8: Drill the Mast Holes and Attach to the Deck
Once drilled, I inserted the respective yards into their masts and applied glue, and let dry.
I didn't glue the masts to the deck yet because it would make it harder to stain them.
Step 9: Stain Everything and Glue Together
I first stained the entire body, then each of the rails individually, putting them into their holes as I went (without glue). Then I stained the masts, and inserted them into their holes to dry.
Usually, it takes wood stain a few hours to dry, but I left it overnight just to be safe.
Step 10: Make and Attach the Sails
I cut the sails arbitrarily to about the width of the yards, and to have a slight curve between the top and bottom yards
To attach the sails to the yards, I tied off a length of string at one corner of the sails, and threaded it around in a spiral shape down the length of the yards, as shown in the picture, tying the string off in a knot at the end.
The bottoms of the lower two sails were loosely tied around the masts.
I attached the triangular sail similarly, and tied a length of string between it and the forward mast after the glue dried. I also added in more string to give it a more authentic "model" feel.
Step 11: Bead Chain the Poop Deck and Make the Flag!
I cut two lengths the same size so that it wouldn't be too tight or too loose between the posts.
For the flag, I just Googled "Pirate Flag," took one of the images and mirrored it in Paint, cut the two halves out, glued them back to back, and glued the flag to the mast with two flaps at the back of the flag with Elmers Glue.
Step 12: Thread the Rest of the Bead Chain
I cut some shorted lengths to use as barriers to divide the deck into sections. I had considered using Plexiglas as a divider, but it wouldn't have looked as good, and jewelry boxes can get unorganized pretty fast anyway, this this way it may not be as functional, but definitely retains some aesthetic.
As a final touch, I reinforced the bottoms of the sails with string around the masts.
Step 13: Finished!
Although there seems to be alot of detail, the assembly and design was fairly straightforward. Because the base is made from solid plywood, there is little chance of it tipping over unless it is forcibly pushed.
More strings could be added between the masts or yards, but I didn't want to over complicate it, for fear that the jewelry could get tangled in it, etc.