Cranky Sailor Workshop - The retirement chest #8: Putting it together

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Blog entry by DynaBlue posted 06-08-2011 01:04 AM 1720 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: More repairs and finally the sides Part 8 of Cranky Sailor Workshop - The retirement chest series Part 9: The coin box »

Well, I’ve spent the past while in sanding and oiling and rubbing, oh my! The oil finish on the ash colored up nicely and the top was pretty smooth. I moved to the 0000 steel wool and dark paste wax treatment today and what a difference that made! Smooth turned to glassy smooth and the box just looks wonderful. The grain in the ash picked up some of the dark wax and added a bit of detail that just went the extra mile. Yep, I’m happy with it.

While I was waiting for the finish to completely cure I did fit the top on and attached my hinges:

The torsion hinges, as I figured, won’t function as intended in holding the lid up in all positions but they do hold the lid up from 90 down to about 75 degrees. Any less than 75 degrees and the lid is coming down. With authority! As one sharp wit pointed out the falling heavy lid will eliminate the need for one of those toy soldier nutcrackers during the holiday season. At least the lid can be fully opened and it doesn’t have to be held in position. Since the torsion hinges aren’t stop hinges I’m still going to try to get some kind of lid stay on there to prevent it from falling backwards.

The next and just about final step in building the actual chest will be milling cedar planks for the bottom and fastening them in place. I am going to shiplap the planks and screw them down to the plywood bottom at the middle of each end. After the box is built I still have to finish making the internal boxes: the shadow box itself, a flag case and a coin case.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 01:41 AM

Beautiful chest. The finish is just beautiful and I’m sure when you get it done you will get many years of enjoyment out of it. They might call you a Swab but you sure no how to make things shine.
GO NAVY When you want things done right call on the NAVY.

-- DeputyDawg

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#2 posted 06-08-2011 04:28 AM

Thank you for the nice comments. I sure hope that it lasts a few years. Pat, that chest will probably be making the trip to Rockler for an unveiling on either this Sunday or the next. I’ll have to post and let you know.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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