Once upon a time there were three selectees...

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Project by TimL posted 08-22-2011 05:19 PM 5055 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once upon a time there were 3 Chief selectee’s, none of which had the skills needed to complete such a vast undertaking as set before them. There mission was to create a beutiful vessel to hold vast amounts of knowledge and to protect it in a way that would show how much they treasured this information. It also needed to have a mural to combine there super selectee powers when together yet remind them that when seperated they are but one piece of the puzzle and not a one of them made it on there own. When asked if I could assist them in there quest I accepted. I knew I had the correct lineage of the purest and saltiest of sea farers. From A grandfather who stood fast and manned the rail while the sea boiled at Bikini atoll to family men that braved surface vessels without email and airplanes without parachutes. My charges were clear, only the finest materials were to be used and it had to be done in 3 days. The pictures tell the rest of the story.

The boxes are black walnut lined with crushed velvet and golden braid. The corners are all dovetailed but are mostly covered by the gaudy brass corner caps(not my choice). Each has a brass handle to carry this charge book cover and is lockable to keep contents secure. Also the ginormous brass anchor was epoxied into the front of the case. The anchor was burned into the back with a penstyle woodburner through tracing paper. The tracing paper burns away cleanly and doesnt warp while working with it. Besides the time crunch it was an enjoyable project.

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#1 posted 08-22-2011 07:43 PM


Thanks for this post it made me smile; I am a Navy vet as are my brother and father. My dad did 30 and retired as a Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate. My oldest son is enlisting in the Navy in the next week or two; he’ll make the 3rd generation.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 08-22-2011 07:46 PM

Also, the boxes are fantastic. Very nice work!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 08-22-2011 09:37 PM

sorta wish i was building one of those this year …. always next time . the boxes look great

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 01:03 AM

Reminds me of when I was selected. Those were the days….

-- I can complicate anything

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#5 posted 08-23-2011 04:20 AM


Those selectee’s are luck to have such a good “friend”...

The Charge Book Covers are VERY nice. Wish I’d thought to do something like that when I made Chief, but I was Recruiting then and it was quite a bit different than being aboard ship and making CPO…

Congrats to the new selectee’s. Make sure they’re properly welcomed into the Mess.

EMC (SW) USN (Ret)

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#6 posted 08-23-2011 07:52 AM

Very nice charge book vessels. Hope those selectees have thanked you properly. I’m sure they learned some valuable skills and also hope they picked up a passion for woodworking. I rekindled my love for woodworking when I went through Induction in ‘07.

-Chris CTTC, USN

-- Big discoveries don't go "Eureka!", they go "Huh. That's funny..." They just as frequently go *bang* and *woosh*...

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#7 posted 08-23-2011 01:10 PM

Very nice Charge Book holders. and lockable too. My charge book was the standard green Record book with a hole drilled in the top left corner and a lanyard ran through it. It had to be around my neck at ALL times, even on the can. The only time I could take it off was in the shower and I had to lock it up so some nasty Chief wouldn’t steal it. I guess everything has come a long way since then. Good luck to the new Chiefs, and they are quite lucky to have a friend like you.

RMC (SS) USN (Ret)

-- 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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#8 posted 08-23-2011 11:21 PM

Wow! Very impressive Tim. They look great!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 08-23-2011 11:49 PM

Very nice projects, like someone said, I hope the giftee’s appreciate the art and beauty.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 08-26-2011 04:29 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. This project was a learning curve that was steap and quick. The boxes were well recieved and I was asked to make the hat boxes as well. I wished the selectees had gained some woodworking knowledge but sadly I think they just got a lesson in capatalism. There is plenty more to every story but like they say you dont hang dirty underwear on the line to dry.

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#11 posted 08-26-2011 04:35 PM

What a wonderful job you did on these boxes. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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