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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Making a Real Life Wooden Minecraft Chest

My kids have this old toy box chest in their bedroom that has seen better days.

We where about to dump it until my girls ask me to turn it into a Minecraft chest.  What a great idea I said.

Real life Minecraft chest
Making a wooden Minecraft chest
The girls toy box was in a poor state, hinges hanging off, sticker and drawing all over it.

Toy box chest
Dress up wooden chest
To start, I remove the hinges, stickers and gave it all a good sanding with 80 grit.

Next I dismantled the whole thing and flipped the end panels upside down so the handles are at the bottom.  (See Image)

Minecraft chest build
Wooden chest
With this particular toy box, the lid overlaps.  I removed that lip to make it level with the rest of the chest.  (See Image)

Making a minecraft chest
Toy box lid
Next I glued and screwed down the lid to the main body of the chest.

Making a Minecraft toy box
Making a wooden Minecraft chest
I measured 4.5 inch from the top down all the way around and cut using my skill saw. This will now be our new chest lid.

Building a real life Minecraft chest
Making a real life Minecraft chest
Once that was cut I gave the whole thing another sanding using 120 grit.

I had a scrap peace of MDF from an old project laying around, I used that for the chest lock.  The lock measurements are 125 x 65 x 35 mm.  I painted the block silver grey.

Real life minecraft chest lock
Making a Minecraft chest lock
Next I marked out 2.5 cm border around the chest using masking tap and painted with a dark oak varnish.

Making a real wooden chest from Minecraft
Marking out the darker border
Once the varnish was dry I added some new hinges.

Chest hinges
Adding hinges
The next job was to add the silver lock.  This went in the middel and covers half the lid.  (See Image)

Adding the lock
Adding the silver block lock
To finish I hand sanded using 400 grit.

Building a real wooden Minecraft chest toy box
Building a real wooden Minecraft chest
Building a real wooden Minecraft toy box
Building a real life Minecraft chest toy box
I've also made a short video tutorial on how to build your own real life Minecraft chest.