Sea of Thieves Treasure Chest

About: Storyteller, Maker, Storymaker. I produce Geek-Dad-DIY videos on YouTube - It’s basically nostalgia with power tools

If you like Sea of Thieves, or pirates in general, or have kids that are losing teeth, or just want a cool looking chest to hold all your booty, then this is a simple, small, and fun build to make your own Treasure Chest (inspired by the marauder's chest from the video game Sea of Thieves).

Here's how I put it together!

Step 1: Materials

The materials I used:

1/8" walnut strips
1/8" cherry strips
1/8" oak strips
Leather

Tools I used:

Band saw
Disc sander
Pocket knife
Super glue gel
Xacto knife
Sandpaper
Tape
Spray lacquer
Foam

Step 2: Making the Base

I started by printing out a reference picture of the chest, then I cut some of the walnut strips down to size. I cut the strips to the height and width I needed, then used a sander to create the 45 degree angles on each of the pieces to start assembling the box.

As I was assembling the base, I marked where, according to the reference picture, the worn/cutout sections were on chest, and used a pocket knife to carve out some of the weathered details.

Step 3: Adding the Accent Pieces

I cut the cherry pieces to the width I needed, then using the reference picture I cut the cherry pieces to length and added them on the outside of the base. I wrapped the cherry pieces around the outside to frame the bottom section of the chest. I sanded down some of the rough areas as I went along.

I started cutting out the skull and accent pieces, then glued them to the base.

To start placing the designs on the inside of the cherry, I sketched out the designs on a thin piece of oak. I then cut the pieces out and glued them to the base. Be careful during this process as it is very easy to break the small, thin pieces.

Step 4: Building the Lid

Using the walnut, I built the inside section of the lid, then wrapped cherry accent pieces around the walnut. I used some tape to help get the angles right on the top portion of the lid, then glued it all together.

Similar to the base, I added the accent details of cherry and oak to make up the designs on the lid to match the designs on the base.

Step 5: Carving the Small Details

To get the look of the nails in the chest, I cut out a bunch of small cubes and glued them to the chest. I then used an xacto knife to carve the cubes into small pyramids.

I also carved out the details of the hinges and locks, as well as the skull on the front of the chest.

Step 6: Putting the Base and Lid Together

To secure the lid to the base, I took a piece of leather and cut out 2 small rectangles to fit to the back of the chest, then glued the leather to the the base and the lid. This served as a great hinge for the lid.

I chose leather rather than a metal hinge because the small size of the chest would have made it hard to use a hinge.

Step 7: Finishing It Up

The last step was to spray a few coats of lacquer on the chest, which really brought out the contrasting colors of the different woods, and made the chest look pretty amazing.

I got a small piece of foam and cut it to size to fit inside the chest, and then it was done!

Step 8: Enjoy!

Whether using it for the Tooth Fairy, or to hold your stash of gold, this chest works great and looks great!

If you liked this treasure chest, you should check out the Sea of Thieve Cereal Cannon I made!

If you want to see more projects I've made, you can check out my YouTube channel here
or find me on Instagram @iamthebeardlessman

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    MichaelF468

    Question 3 months ago

    Hey, great work! Would you be able to provide the dimensions for the pieces?

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    OnceUponaWorkbenchMichaelF468

    Answer 2 months ago

    The dimensions were lifted directly off the concept art for the chest. It was only about 4" wide

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 months ago

    That came out great! Wonderful detail as usual :) Is it possible to put the leather hinge on the inside if you don't want it to show as much or would that be too difficult?

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    fred_dot_uPenolopy Bulnick

    Reply 3 months ago

    You would have to allow for the "stretching" backwards as the chest opens. It would require to have a small bulge in the leather when closed and as TheBeardlessMan suggests, use thinner leather. Leather is quite strong, even material as thin as a millimeter or thinner, which would make it work.

    One way to ensure you have sufficient stretch/bulge would be to position the top open, then attach the leather. When the glue dries, it will automatically bulge when closed.

    You could put thinner leather on the inside. It would have to be folded and a notch cut out for each piece. But otherwise, yeah you can do it like that!