Pirate Chest Esky

For something completely different I thought I’d share a recent woodworking project, building a Pirate themed esky.

Recent got a lot of pine from a local business that was closing down.

Unfortunately I don’t have much in the way of pictures of the build of the basic box part but the timber was just docked to size glued and then nailed together.

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Next came the lid which the slats were made from off cuts of another project that provided a almost perfect size to make a decent curve.

After gluing and nailing the top slats they were then cut to length with a jigsaw.

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After a quick sand to roughly merge the slats together some stain was applied. (The slats have been left looking somewhat rough as I feel it give more authentic feel of being a rough chest.

A set of hinges and a clasp and staple latch were added after a quick coat of black spray paint.

The corner pieces are the metal pieces used on timber stacks to stop the strapping cutting into the timber. After a coat of paint and drilling some holes I think they make for some nice additions.

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A storage tub was used as the esky part of the build with some chains added to stop the lid opening too far.

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There are a few more things I want to do on it including adding some insulation between the wood and the tub. As it stands the air gap seems to keep things cool pretty well however.

Also a central drain plug and fixing up the chains as they catch on occasion.

 

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