How to make a homemade wooden pirate ship

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How to make a homemade wooden pirate ship
Pirates are interesting characters. (pirate flottant au vent image by rachid amrous-spleen from

Making your own wooden ships at home is not a difficult task, and therefore neither is making a wooden pirate ship. Pirates are interesting characters that are part myth, part legend and part history. Kids love pirates and homemade wooden pirate ships can make for display items or even toys. Regardless of your woodworking skills, you should be able to make a wooden pirate ship in no time and with just a handful of tools and materials.

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Things you need

  • Pinewood block, 6 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Wooden peg, 4.5 inches by ¼-inch
  • Wood glue
  • Pinewood piece, 4 inches by ¼-inch by ¼-inch
  • White T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker (black)
  • Multipurpose glue

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  1. 1

    Draw the pirate ship shape directly onto a 6-by-4-by-2-inch pinewood block with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Cut out the pirate ship shape from the wooden block using a jigsaw.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole into the top of the pirate ship, at the centre. The hole should measure ¼ inch in diameter and ½ inch in depth.

  4. 4

    Pour wood glue into the hole and insert a wooden peg that measures ¼ inch in diameter and 4.5 inches in length.

  5. 5

    Attach a piece of pinewood that measures 4 inches by ¼ inch by ¼ inch to the top of the wooden peg with glue so that the two pieces make a "T" shape. This is the mast of your pirate ship.

  6. 6

    Cut a rectangular piece of cloth off of a white T-shirt that measures 4 inches by 3 inches using a pair of scissors.

  7. 7

    Draw a skull and crossbones design onto the T-shirt rectangle using a black permanent marker.

  8. 8

    Attach the T-shirt rectangle to the mast using multipurpose glue, with the crossbones design facing the front of the ship.

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