Sea Chest

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Project by Torr posted 1060 days ago 1686 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a project I recently completed. It is the Sea Chest from the Summer 2008 issue of Woodworking Magazine.

The chest is poplar. The lid is cherry.

The finish on the chest is a couple of coats of barn red milk paint with wipe-on satin poly on top. The lid is just wipe-on poly.

A couple of differences from the original plans: Cherry instead of QSWO for the lid. I used Miller dowels instead of cut nails to reinforce the rabbeted corners. I added a pair of lid stays from Lee Valley to prevent the lid from over-opening. Finally I tied grommets for beckets rather than making simple knotted rope handles.

It was a fun project. I used a jack plane to flatten the panels after glue up. This was my first try at using a hand plane for more than minor tweaking of fit up. Learned alot from it.



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#1 posted 1059 days ago

It be a fine chest, matey! Arrrr…..

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#2 posted 1059 days ago

Thanks, just a few days late for international talk like a pirate day….

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#3 posted 1059 days ago

It won’t be long before you are building more chest for family and friends using different designs and woods of your choosing. They become addicting. Great job.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#4 posted 1059 days ago

I really like the chest


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#5 posted 1059 days ago

Hip, hip, hooray! Someone else out there can do rope-work. The grommets are cool. Perhaps some whipping at the join point, otherwise perfect.

Oh yea. The box is pretty good as well.

Former asst. scout master teaching knots and splicing, Bob.

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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