11 – 2×4 Pirate Chest Bank – Manhattan Wood Project

This is my entry into the 2014 Summers Woodworking 2×4 Contest. It is a pirate chest, but the bottom part (the box) has a lid that can be locked in place.

It was fun to build, and somewhat easy (but time consuming), but it’s not the kind of thing I would normally build out of rough wood without a planer. Again, at least.

Big thanks to Brian Gidney at Summers Woodworking for hosting this contest, and to all of his sponsors for putting up the prizes.

And more big thanks to all the other woodworkers, a more scurvy lot of scoundrels would be hard to find. More woodworkers meant more projects, more trash talk, and a lot more fun!

I do have a special message for the other entrants who enjoyed the trash talk…

Suck it!!! 🙂

A few links related to this video:
-Summers Woodworking Contest Page: http://summerswoodworking.com/contest
-Summers Woodworking Contest Trash-Talk Compendium: http://summerswoodworking.com/Trash-Talk
-MY Trash Talk: http://youtu.be/tEq-uAXzRZg

To make everything legal, here’s the music’s important information:
First Song: Heavy Brigade(Pad), from Purple Planet Music, http://www.purple-planet.com
Second Song: Hitman, by (and from) Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com


  1. MrLeonard55
    MrLeonard55 18 May, 2016, 11:53
  2. dirtdiver5050
    dirtdiver5050 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    hey can you please make a small oak barrel to age your pirate rum?

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  3. Benjamin Gauvin
    Benjamin Gauvin 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    Good afternoon,

    Do you happen to have plans for this? My boys would love this.

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  4. Stephen Johnson
    Stephen Johnson 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    Awesome design on the locking system.Hole saws are easy to sharpen, and they stay sharp longer when used at a reduced speed (Sorry for typing that out loud)Cross grain gluing increases the chance of failure, but don't tell anyone I have been known to do it myself.Please keep making vids, I really enjoy borrowing from others experience.Rules are just a guide on the road to success.

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  5. Ča Mirkyš x_O
    Ča Mirkyš x_O 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    Woooow awesome project ! :O When i see this video first i just donk know whot are you doing with so much drilling and in the end video i see your lock system and that was really awesome! :O I realli like your project and i think i realied it! 🙂 Thanks for idea i relly like it! 😀 🙂 And now im stop and i wish you more lucky projects :)

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  6. Adam Huff
    Adam Huff 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    Nice I may have to build one.

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  7. winterknight1972
    winterknight1972 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    Awesome chest.  dowels are to cheap to worry about making them 3 feet for 50, 60 cents. 

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  8. Matthew Stansberry
    Matthew Stansberry 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    Great video. The stave glue up on the top was incredible! Love the lock! Props for getting your lil girl involved man. They have a dowel jig somewhere on youtube. Great work man. Cool piece for sure man.

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  9. Kathy Dillenbeck
    Kathy Dillenbeck 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    Awesome video and a great idea for the 2×4 project. Keep up the good work.

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  10. john73738
    john73738 18 May, 2016, 11:53

    Very nice. Also nice to see other shopsmithers. I am using my grandfather's Mark V from 1958(ish)

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  11. Dominic Bender
    Dominic Bender 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Great project, another one that I missed. Love the locking mechanism and the chest itself, I need to make one like that for my girls. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Howard Springsteen
    Howard Springsteen 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    I like the build.  Don't buy your hinges.  Don't give up on the dowels.  Watch this video by Izzy Swan.  I have not tried it yet, but it sure seems like making your own dowels would be pretty easy.  Make Wood Dowels

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  13. Jeffrey Chaffins
    Jeffrey Chaffins 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Great looking build! I would love to build one of these for my kids.

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  14. Charles Powers
    Charles Powers 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    got yourself another viewer thanks for the plans and the laughter awesome job

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  15. Carl Jacobson
    Carl Jacobson 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Very cool, great entry I love the locking mechanisms. 

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  16. Steve Carmichael
    Steve Carmichael 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Arrrrrrgh!  That is a cool treasure chest and love the locking mechanisms.  It was awesome when you parted off the dowel.  Oh, and the smoke was killer.  Have fun with your wood!

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  17. Whatcha Making?
    Whatcha Making? 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    That is seriously COOL! Excellent job.

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  18. John Zhu
    John Zhu 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Great entry Robert, wonder chest. – John

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  19. Alistair Darroch
    Alistair Darroch 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Great project. I may have to make one for my daughter. Good luck in the competition.
    The parrot in the extras made me chuckle.

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  20. Jack O'wheelie
    Jack O'wheelie 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Really inventive with the locks mechanism. I liked your self critique but most of all the outtakes at the end. Best wishes and good luck… you have a new subscriber! 

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  21. Sterling Davis
    Sterling Davis 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Nice Work , love the locks, you got a new subscriber, Good Luck 

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  22. Chris Yaowsee
    Chris Yaowsee 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Great project.  Thanks for sharing.  I really liked you locking mechanism..

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  23. MonkWerks with Fr. Thomas
    MonkWerks with Fr. Thomas 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    1:15 I see a Shopsmith!!!

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    STEVEBLACKA 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    Nice work …thanks for sharing and good luck in the comp.

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  25. ManhattanWoodProject
    ManhattanWoodProject 18 May, 2016, 11:54

    This is my second version of the video, my first version was going to be like all my others.  Lots of talking, step-by-step, and not nearly as entertaining.

    Before I get too much crap, I knew the hole saw bits were dull and would easily burn the wood, I just didn't care since I knew I was going to paint the coins.  Plus, I thought the smoke would look great on video.

    I was originally going to make a joke on the video about how wood and electronics have a lot in common, they both come packed with smoke, but wood still tends to work after you let the smoke out.  :)

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