Retirement Chest for Navy Shipmate

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Project by tonyo posted 06-27-2011 01:50 PM 3747 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another retirement chest for a fellow retiring shipmate. She served her country for 20+ years and not just any gift would do. Chest is made from Walnut and Ambrosia maple that I got from a farmer a few miles from my house. Cedar lined on the inside. The lid pattern is made from Sipo Mahogany, Spanish Cedar, and Hard Maple. The pattern design came from a blog entry from “Degoose” so much credit is deserved.

With the exception of a “Rotational” goof on the lid, really happy how it turned out. First time I have made raised panels so a new learning experience for me. Hopefully it will keep her Navy memorabilia safe for many years to come, and she can always look back at her commendable career.

-- --Tony, America is not at war, the US Military is. America is at the mall. Support our troops by standing behind them, otherwise feel free to stand in front of them.

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 02:35 PM

Great retirement gift!

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 03:09 PM

Won derful piece! I love the top.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 03:16 PM

Truly magnificent.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 03:42 PM

I rather like the top, Until I read your eplanation I assumed it was a way of commemorating a stand out individual. Somebody has a signature line about never missing opprotunity to make mistakes look like you planned it. I say go back and edit the post and take credit. Looks really good.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 05:00 PM

This is quite beautiful. Tell your friend that my family and I are EXTREMELY greatful for her service. Thanks.

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#6 posted 06-28-2011 04:03 AM

That’s a keeper! Really like the choice of woods.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 07-05-2011 10:05 PM

Beautiful gift.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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