Category Archives: Woodwork

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.

 

Outdoor Kitchen Build Part 1

With summer approaching thought it best to get started on the outdoor kitchen I’ve been planning for the last ~12 months.

Plan is to have BBQ, oven and sink all out on the deck save having to cook inside on the really hot days ahead.

On the electronics side got a 12″ sub mounted in one corner of the kitchen to back up the mounted line array and a 32″ telly mounted on a swinging bracket which will be driven from the raspberry pi inside via HDMI-CAT5 converter.

Most of the construction has been done, have to finish off cupboards, draws and put some paint on and some trim here and there. Also still got power and several runs of CAT5 to do.

Onto the pictures:

Base built
Base built
Coming together
Coming together
Placing parts
Placing parts
All screwed down
All screwed down
Bench all done
Bench all done
Cupboard doors hung
Cupboard doors hung

 

Back all on
Back all on

 

TV Bracket
TV Bracket
TV Mounted
TV Mounted