Navy Charge Book Vessel

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Project by rrdesigns posted 08-14-2015 02:37 PM 3450 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Four Charge Book Vessels made for new Navy Chief Petty Officers. They are made from red oak with laser engraved insignia that has been highlighted with Java stain. Lock miter joints make for a very strong box. Each box was created from one board with care taken to align all the grain. Straight grain stock was chosen for the panels to act as a clean background for the engraving.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 02:57 PM

Nice! but…
Back in the day those would have been made by the Chief selectees along with a “Hat box” and trough! That being said I was helped by fellow Seabee selectees in the making of mine.

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 05:45 PM

Agreed. This is the second batch of Charge Book Vessels that I have made. In both instances, the selectees were stressed by looming deadlines which changed twice becoming shorter each time. I was glad I was able to help out. My one regret is that I didn’t have time to get a proper finish on them. The stain is not as even as I would have liked but that level of care takes more time than I had to work with. I have offered to take them back at a later date after the pinning and make it better.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#3 posted 08-14-2015 07:12 PM

Nice work! I have a project in mind for laser engraving. What’s your take on the lock miter? I’ve been thinking about trying that someday. I have no idea what a charge book is, but those are some good looking boxes.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 08:05 PM

The lock miter makes an extremely strong and easy to glue-up miter joint. The only down side is that the router set-up can be a bit fussy. A charge book is basically a small briefcase made specifically to hold a chief petty officers notes (contained in his bound “charge” book and memorabilia collected during his tour of duty. It is intended to be an ‘heirloom’ box that is presented to him at the pinning ceremony when he (or she) attains Chief Petty Officer status.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 11:41 PM

Great looking set of CPO boxes! I’m sure they’ll be appreciated!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 08-15-2015 02:32 PM

The new chiefs will be very pleased… glad you were able to help make it a special event.

After 9.5 years of AD… I never got to see a CPO advancement ceremony, as submarines are small commands and we were away from the squadron for a long stint in the shipyard

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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