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Ditty Box from Curly Maple and Cherry, a project with my nephew

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Project by CharlesA posted 07-24-2014 12:13 AM 957 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My great-nephew came and spent a week with us, and between smoking ribs and watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I helped him build a Ditty Box, a replica of the kind of chest sailors took on long voyages back in the day. He did the work, from hand planing rough boards to finishing. I made a few cuts on the table saw of smaller pieces.

His first woodworking project.

I did a five part blog of the build:

http://lumberjocks.com/CharlesA/blog/series/7399

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson





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#1 posted 07-24-2014 05:45 AM

Great blog. It’s nice to see kids interested in woodworking and a great result as well . You both have a right to be proud of this.
On another note if you want to try the authentic beckets, I can point you to the instructions and drawings to make them. You would have to be ready to put in considerably more time than the box took though. The rope work gets really involved. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#2 posted 07-24-2014 09:29 AM

Wonderful result from both of you on this Charles. The rope handles really make the design sing. Your nephew must be very proud of this project and he is probably ‘hooked’. Don’t be disappointed if he doesn’t get into heavy woodworking in the near future. Teenagers are pretty busy at that age and after a great workshop experience with a family member that memory can lay dormant for a long time before they get the time, place and the money to take up woodworking as a hobby. The important thing is that the seed is planted.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 12:36 PM

Paul, I think the Beckets are as authentic as we could go! My daughter took a 4 foot piece of rope, unraveled one strand, took that strand and wove it into a circle, using thread to tie it off on each turn and then to wrap up the joining section at the end. I got a copy of Ashley’s Book of Knots, but that was information overload.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 02:53 PM

That’s called a grommet Charles. I have several on my sailboat. Very traditional in their own right.
....and they are perfect for the ditty box. I was being a little tongue in cheek about the beckets. They are just about the pinnacle of the sailors rope work art.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#5 posted 07-24-2014 03:12 PM

Oh. My understanding was that the cleats were called Becket cleats, so I was unsure to what you were referring. Knots are not my speciality, you might say.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 07-24-2014 03:24 PM

Beautiful box! I’m envious of your time with the young nephew. Anytime you can do something cool with one of your children, neices, nephews, it’s a real kick. I find that it’s really hard to get my teenager to do anything with me.

I too have a copy of Ashley’s Book of Knots. Fantastic and overwhelming book. Fun to look at when I don’t have anything to do (which isn’t very often).

-Paul

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#7 posted 07-24-2014 06:03 PM

That is one fine box. Makes a guy proud. Congrats to you guys.

I followed the blog and watched the experience happen. That was great.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 07-24-2014 06:06 PM

Thanks, Steve. And to Paul and Mike as well.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 07-24-2014 09:42 PM

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#10 posted 07-24-2014 09:46 PM

Thanks.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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