A nauticle theme box...

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Project by Vjer posted 02-11-2008 03:04 AM 1569 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked me to make a box for her husband’s birthday. She requested a nauticle theme since that was the theme for their living room. I thought about a treasure chest, but didn’t see anything I liked. Then on one page I saw a block and tackle and knew what I would do. This is what I came up with. The wheel of the pulley is made from walnut and the rest of the box was made from quartersawn oak. The wrought iron pins are made from carrage bolts with the heads ground down to remove the markings, beat with a hammer, and painted flat black with several coats of laquer sprayed on them. The finish is several coats of hand rubbed danish oil.

-- My mind is like brilliant flash and then it's gone.

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 03:21 AM

You make some pretty neat stuff Vjer.

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 03:37 AM

Aye! That be a sweet box that any land lubber would love!

Sorry…channeling my inner sailor again ;). Seriously, that is a very cool box. I like it, and as a former member of the US Navy, I whole heartedly approve!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 05:09 AM

Wow. That is a very interesting idea for a box. The pin detail really adds a nice element to the box.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 07:05 AM

Pretty cool! BTW that round part is called a sheave.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 07:14 AM

Yup…your right GARYk… It is called a sheave. I do not repeat projects, as you will see in future posts…Thanks for letting me have an opportunity to display some of my creations on this board.

-- My mind is like brilliant flash and then it's gone.

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 07:52 AM

Aww man, that’s cool. My dad would LOVE one of these. What a unique and creative box. Beautifully done. Favorited!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 06:44 PM

oh this is so unique! What a great box and addition to a nautical-themed room.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 02-12-2008 07:12 AM

I would like to make one of those too. It would look good holding coasters for a bar. great conversation piece.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 02-12-2008 01:55 PM

Geez, that is a cool box.

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#10 posted 12-06-2008 05:31 PM

Just found this, love it. I worked at a shipyard for fifteen years and know these would be a big hit down there. Really cool idea. looks great. Good job!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 07-08-2011 09:39 PM

Very nice. Attractively done. I like it!!!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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