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Toy Pirate Ship

January 9, 2013 |
posted by AlInOhio
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I built this toy pirate ship out of scrap wood and a few things I picked up at a craft store. I had some scrap 2x6's that were about 3 feet in length. The cannons are candle cups that I picked up at Hobby Lobby and spray painted black. http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/5/8-birch-candle-cups-with-1/4-hole-...

The main masts are 3/4 inch dowels with 1/4 inch dowels through the middle for the sails.

I made crows nests out of 1x4's cut into squares, then drilled a hole through the center.

Toy Pirate Ship

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About Project

Author Notes: 

I would like to thank you for your wonderful website by trying to give something back. This idea came to me when my 5 year old son was playing with scrap wood (it's actually kind of his idea). This is a simple plan and it actually took me a longer time to write the plan than to build

I did not glue any of the dowels in place so that they can be easily replaced if my child might break something.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
roughly 2.5 feet long, can be as long or as short as you want.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

scrap wood (2x6's)
3/4" dowel rod at 48" (masts)
2- 1/4" dowel rods (to hold the sails)
1/2 yard canvas (sails)
small wooden candle cups (cannons)

2 1/2 inch finish nails
wood glue
120 grit sandpaper
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
circular saw
sander

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Toy Pirate Ship

Start with the front of the ship. Set your circular saw at ~20-25 degree angle and cut out the point. Do this to three boards.

Step 2

Toy Pirate Ship

Now set your circular saw at ~10 degree angle and cut the back end of the middle piece at the desired length (mine is about 2.5 feet). Then set it on top of the bottom piece and mark where to cut that piece. Then cut the top two pieces at the same angle in the back and ~15 degrees in the front side of those pieces.

Step 3

Toy Pirate Ship

Keeping the ~15 degree angle cut the third front piece at desired length (mine is about 8”). Now nail it (and glue it) all together making sure not to nail it where you will be drilling holes for the masts.

Step 4

Toy Pirate Ship

Drill holes using a 3/4” bit for masts. (My masts are 3/4” dowel rods at 18” long) You’ll also want to drill 1/4” holes in the masts a couple inches from the top for the dowels that hold the sails. For simple a simple crows nest you can cut a 1x4 into a little square and drill a 3/4” hole in it, then just slide it on top of the sails. Then I attached the candle cup cannons and had a great toy for my little buccaneer.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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This is fantastic! I will

This is fantastic! I will have to build one of these for my kids! Thanks for the plans :)

posted by Aisha_ (not verified) | on Thu, 2013-01-10 11:48
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Very cute!

We don't have anyone that "does" ships, but I'm sure a ton of people are going to love this! Great job!

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Thu, 2013-01-10 12:30

Thanks!

I hope that people like it. I also look forward to seeing some others finished products, I want to see what people who are more "crafty" than I am can do with it.

posted by AlInOhio | on Thu, 2013-01-10 17:14
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yes!

My boy is only 10 months, but this might have to be his bday presen! Even if he isn't ready for it quite yet! It's perfect. I'll put pics up when I finish it!

posted by girliemomma | on Sat, 2013-02-09 08:23

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