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As a kid I always wanted a pirate’s chest. A few times I made small ones in wood, but recently I realized as a big boy with big boy tools I can make a more authentic treasure chest with real heavy steel and heavy rustic wood! I wanted to make it strong enough to hold my change bucket full of coins— about 40-50 pounds! The vintage lock is a flea market find from 20 years ago. Enjoy!


  • Pallet Wood
  • 14 gauge steel


  • Welder
  • Electric shears
  • Plasma cutter
  • Table saw
  • Chop saw
  • Bandsaw

In each bi-monthly episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty MoneyHammeredAgainst the GrainTrash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. 

Jimmy DiResta

Jimmy DiResta

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  • Gracie Petrash

    This is fantastic!! Are you interested in making one to sell? I am looking for a medium sized treasure chest as a more light-hearted way to collect my students’ cell phones during class so that they aren’t distracted. I haven’t been able to find exactly what I’m looking for, but this is simply wonderful!

  • Johnathan R. Smith

    do you have plans available for this and how much of the steel?