Introduction: Minecraft Chest

Picture of Minecraft Chest

This is a scale replica of a chest from minecraft. The one from the game is 14X14X14 pixels in size so i made mine to scale at 14"X14"X14" (1pixel=1inch). Even the wall thickness is 1" wide. I used a sheet of 1/2" sanded pine and doubled up each piece and glued them together to get the 1" thick walls. After that i just glued and screwed it together, ran it through a table saw to make the lid, sanded, painted it, attached front latch with screws from the inside, added hinges and finished. Makes a neat ottoman, footstool, extra chair, storage, step stool, or whatever you can think of.

top and bottom 14"X14"
front and back 14"X12"
sides 12"12"
latch 2"X4"


ManoleyGaming (author)2013-09-30

Just so you know if you're not a minecraft nerd, blocks are 16x16x16 not 14x14x14, just in case you want to make this use the measurements with 16 not 14, also look at a reference picture( best found in google images by searching papercraft chest.

The chest in MC is not a full block size

EugeneN15 made it! (author)2017-01-10

I made one a while back, planning a double for my daughter now.

EugeneN15 (author)EugeneN152017-01-10

I ended up at 17x17x17 but pretty much just made it without plans, just used some pine 1x3's and glued them up then ripped a mahogany board to 3/4" to make the trim.

minecraft dude20016 (author)2016-01-24

how do i get it?

nerdtoob (author)2014-01-08

It has been said that a minecraft block is 1m in real life so to get one to scale you'de have to do some math.
39.3700787 / 16 = 2.46062991875
rounded up every pixel in minecraft is 2.5 inches so 2.5 * 14 = 35in.
Thats only if you want it to American scale if you want it to Authentic scale it would be
100 / 16 = 6.25 cm (each pixel)
6.25 * 14 = 87.5cm

markhoffberg (author)nerdtoob2016-01-21

Dude, impressive math. Authentic does matter in some cases and with some kids :)

markhoffberg (author)nerdtoob2016-01-21

Dude, impressive math. Authentic does matter in some cases and with some kids :)

daveofwar (author)nerdtoob2014-01-08

Using "MY SCALE" of 1inch=1pixel.

nerdtoob (author)daveofwar2014-04-01

I'm just saying for authenticity if anyone wants to make it to exact scale

GeoffreyD2 (author)nerdtoob2015-09-29

you people don't get it. Leave your math at home. You don't need it

jdh2550 (author)2015-12-14

Thanks for posting this - I'm making one as an XMas present. A couple of minor corrections and some additional info for other makers:

1) The chest is actually 16x16x16 pixels. If you look at the graphic you posted you can see that the "light brown" part of the top is 14x14 as you state. However there's a 1 pixel border of "dark brown" around it. So that makes the total size 16x16. This doesn't detract from your build - it just changes the scale slightly (1 pixel is now 7/8").

2) Your build shows the joint between lid and base as 2 pixels wide (each component has a 1 pixel border). Whereas in the graphic it's just 1 pixel wide. I don't know if that 1 pixel border is on the lid or the base (you can't tell from the provided graphic and I don't have access to an open chest). *However* I think your build is better - so I'll be giving both lid and base the border.

3) (And this is what lead me to discover the slight differences) the ratio of lid to base is 5 to 11 if the brown border is on the base, or 6 to 10 if the border is on the lid. I think I'll be going with the 5 to 11 ratio - because that makes the base larger (and the base represents the main volume of the chest). So, we need to cut the sides, the front and the left at 3.75" (that's 5/16 * 12) from the top (on the front and the left make sure the cut line is parallel to the long edge).

Hope all that made sense. Thanks again for the inspiration to make one of these (I decided to make my son a "minecraft themed" gift - and this is what I chose). BTW, I'm making mine from two layers of 1/2" MDF.

RobertK86 (author)2015-12-02

This "Instructable" doesn't explain anything!

Chaseg1 (author)2015-02-23

Actually each pixel is worth 2.63 inches Sooo...your caulculations are wrong....Your chest is to small.

GeoffreyD2 (author)Chaseg12015-09-29

um your actually wrong there smart guy. It's still at scale. He could make each grid box whatever size he felt like. As long as he used 14 x 14 grid boxes. Don't you hate when you pat yourself on the back cause you believe your smarter than everyone else but in reality your mouth speaks faster than your mind

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-24

Thank you for your nice instructable.


BadZombie (author)2014-09-25

cool I will be building this for my room along with the weighted portal cube.

alice.barlow (author)2014-08-03

I haven't been able to find this chest - is it still available on the website, or anywhere else?

jjordan25 (author)2014-06-19

here in the uk you can purchase a similar item here

dan3008 (author)jjordan252014-07-03

I got one and painted it up for my brother for going to uni lol

coolbeanz9989 (author)2014-04-14

Could you be more specific on your directions? I need a little bit more detail on how to make it :)

T Hawk108 (author)2014-02-04


make more!!

Stevie2 (author)2013-12-15

Can u build a crafting chest?

BMX_BOSS (author)2013-12-15

Do more do more!

Stevie2 (author)2013-12-14

Cool you should find more stuff to build!

captain mustache (author)2013-12-01

Cool good idea

cooldog1 (author)2013-11-23

That's so cool u could keep things in it too

captain camo (author)2013-11-11

nice job! keep building!

David•_• (author)2013-11-03

That's cool

ManoleyGaming (author)2013-10-21

Oh, we'll I feel out nerded, this can't be happening! Noooooo! WHYYYY!

daveofwar (author)2013-09-30

In the original versions of minecraft chests were 16x16x16. But after an update the size changed to 14x14x14 making them small than any other regular block. I just played and counted the pixels on a chest in game to get my measurements.

c j r p (author)2013-09-03

how tall is it without the lid

c j r p (author)2013-09-03

how tall is it without the lid

daveofwar (author)2013-09-01

They fit in between the top and bottom piece, and the front and back.

c j r p (author)2013-09-01

how are the sides 12"x12"?

jasonator53 (author)2013-08-09

you should add the 28 slots inside the chest like in the game.

Basement_Craftsman (author)2013-06-04

Great project! However, I would like to see one 3' x 3' even though it maybe be impractical it would be game-accurate.

OzTheGreatAndPwerful (author)2013-05-11

hey could you send a more detailed guide? I want to make this but its not detailed enough for me to piece it together

OzTheGreatAndPwerful (author)2013-05-11

hey could you send a more detailed guide? I want to make this but its not detailed enough for me to piece it together

festus51 (author)2013-05-04

Nice! I like how you scaled 1 pixel=1 inch. it gives you a nice guideline.

DragonSlaveArmory (author)2013-04-12

Thanks for the idea.

Flash02 (author)2013-04-12

Nice thats so boss

haggis17 (author)2013-02-06


charlie frown (author)2013-02-05

Very nice!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-02-05

Haha! That's cool! Very nice, and accurate, replica :)

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