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Project by bdft posted 07-21-2015 07:42 PM 970 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neiphew just graduated from the merchant marines so his folks bank rolled a sea chest for him, directions and the beckets came from marlinespike.com. The one very large piece of mahogany and very blackwalnut used in the cleats came from thewoodyard.com. The finish I used is a black grain filler and a shellac finish. The sloped side was a quite learning curve but it was a fun project





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ChuckV

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 09:18 PM

That is a great looking chest. The joinery is beautiful.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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theoldfart

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 10:51 PM

bdft, very fine craftsmanship. Your dovetails are clean and tight and a joy to look at. My one question relates to the beckets. How are they attached? I’ve made two chests now and both of then have handles that are attached through the side walls, I didn’t trust any other method. Again really fine work.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Buckethead

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#3 posted 07-22-2015 03:26 AM

Wow! Very handsome chest. Beautiful joinery, and the handles really pop. Gorgeous. Would love to see mor pics :-)

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JimInNM

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#4 posted 07-22-2015 01:28 PM

You have made a very beautiful chest with outstanding workmanship. Joints are absolutely perfect and the finish suits the project…..Great job

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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putty

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#5 posted 07-22-2015 05:11 PM

Good Work! I was going to ask about the rope handles, I reread your text and saw that they are called beckets and came from marlinspike.com I went to the website and am astonished at the pricing on some of them. They must require a lot of hours to make. The Beckets and your dovetails really make the chest!

-- Putty

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ronstar

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 08:14 PM

Excellent Sea Chest!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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bdft

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#7 posted 07-23-2015 06:41 PM



bdft, very fine craftsmanship. Your dovetails are clean and tight and a joy to look at. My one question relates to the beckets. How are they attached? I ve made two chests now and both of then have handles that are attached through the side walls, I didn t trust any other method. Again really fine work.

- theoldfart

I glued the beckets to the outside then countersunk/ screwed/ plugged from the inside, you can’t even notice them.

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theoldfart

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#8 posted 07-23-2015 07:15 PM

I totally missed the plugs! Must be stealth technology.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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