Sea Chest

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Project by Rob posted 11-11-2010 02:27 AM 4640 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Sea Chest was commissioned for a retiring Navy Chief Warrant Officer. Dimensions are 18.5” tall, 37.5” long and 19.75” deep. Wood is Makore or African Cherry. Thickness is .75” for all stock except the cleats for the beckets. Finish is four coats of hand rubbed oil finish ARM-r Seal semi-gloss followed by two coats of hand applied fine furniture wax. The beckets, the rope lid stay and the turks head rope covers for the lid knobs were all hand made by Mr. Roy Chapman of Coupeville Washington. The box lid and bottom are lined with a blue felt cloth. The lid is designed to hold a 5×9 flag, various medals and accoutrement from his naval career.

I learned how to use my Porter Cable dovetail jig, the 4212 to dovetail a board of infinite width. The 4212 will only work on boards up to 12 in wide which wouldn’t work on this project. The manual is here; It’s very straightforward and easy to accomplish. I was very concerned at first, but it came out perfect.

The brass hardware comes from Lee Valley. I really like the handmade beckets, they are rated in excess of 5000 lbs! Amazing!

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 02:31 AM

Nice looking sea chest bro

I probably will be making a few of these over the next few years.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 03:30 AM

Beautiful job on the chest. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Eric in Florida.

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 03:32 AM

Boy O Boy, that is about the smartest looking sea chest I have ever seen.
That thing is top notch from end to end.
Beautiful work!

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 03:42 AM

GREAT job! The rope work, hardware, dovetails, carving of the name, finish … all are exceptional! Hats off to all veterans and currently serving members of our military.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 03:53 AM

Beautiful job, the rope handles are a plus.

I hope to do work like that some day.

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 05:22 AM

That is awesome!

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 05:27 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 06:03 AM

was the retired navy man happy to recieve it

in the end

thats what counts ?

I sure hope that when I retire

no one gives me more furntiure

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 06:07 AM

Awesome job…that will last for generations.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#10 posted 11-11-2010 06:16 AM

gorgeous & looks good too, can’t beat that

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 06:30 AM

Super nice work. Well designed and executed. All it lacks is the bottle of rum?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#12 posted 11-11-2010 07:44 AM

Hey Rob
Very nice design and finish…sweet job.

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#13 posted 11-11-2010 08:33 AM

Rob, turned out great. interior is very nice.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 04:09 PM

Really nice work!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#15 posted 11-12-2010 02:00 AM

Outstanding project. One of the best chest that I have seen. I usually don’t care for rope handles, but these are great and really add to the overall appearance of the chest.

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