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Project by RJones posted 11-18-2011 02:47 PM 2414 views 19 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Commemorative Chest commissioned for a retiring Navy Master Sergent with 30 years service. It was constructed from Alder and stained to match existing decor. The outside was a Java General Finishes Gel Stain coated with a precat satin lacquer. The inside, just a clear water based ML Campbell Satin lacquer. Both the box and tray feature dovetail joints. The tray and lid feature a matching blue velvet. The only thing I can’t take credit for is the layout and placement of the medals and ribbons for the display in the lid.

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/





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wasmithee

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 03:43 PM

Beautiful work!

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Woodbutcher3

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 03:45 PM

Awesome piece of work. Great layout.

I love to see how the great service our military folks provide for us can be commemorated. Flag boxes, chests, plaques can only tell part of the tale of the dedication, sacrifice and long hours spent by them and their families.

Thanks Chief!

Thanks RJ for the beautiful work you did, too.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 03:50 PM

Handsome work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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RJones

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#4 posted 11-18-2011 03:50 PM

Thank you:)
It was actually a collaborative effort of vets… Myself and the gentleman who assembled the medals and misc pieces in the lid are former Marines, ooorah (seems like we are always working for the dang Navy, LOL) and of course the Master Sargent will be officially retired tomorrow.

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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shopmania

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#5 posted 11-18-2011 04:02 PM

Awesome job, and well deserved!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Woodbutcher3

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#6 posted 11-18-2011 04:09 PM

Semper Fi

What are the outside dimensions? And, how deep is the lid?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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RJones

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#7 posted 11-18-2011 04:21 PM

I wish I could have delivered it on the 10th of November;) I had a lot of fun with this client going back and forth with the Navy/Marine digs… it was fun!
Outside dimensions were 24” W x 36” L x 24” H. i think the lid was about 4” but should have been a little deeper. This being a one off chest there were some some details that if I had the chance to do again I would have changed. The depth of the lid being one of them and that was due to the construction of the shadow box.

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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mmh

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#8 posted 11-18-2011 04:33 PM

Beautifully executed and very handsome! I’m sure he’ll cherish the love and craftsmanship put into this piece with his memorabilia for many, many years!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 05:14 PM

Hi Ron;

This is really beautiful. As usual, you did a great job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Eric in central Florida

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#10 posted 11-18-2011 05:25 PM

Top notch work there!
100 years from now, that piece will be admired!

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 11-18-2011 05:37 PM

Most out standing war chest, a real quality piece of work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RJones

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#12 posted 11-18-2011 05:41 PM

Thanks all for the kind words:) BTW I should have mentioned Master Chief not Sargent… That’s what you get when you have a Marine talk about a sailor, lol

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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Charles Maxwell

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#13 posted 11-18-2011 05:48 PM

Beautiful work. Outstanding!

I beg your pardon. I must correct a few misconceptions – - -

The crest carved into the box front is an officer’s crest, which might prompt your Navy retiree to comment, “I ain’t no officer. I worked for a living!”

Also: Re: your text – - – “Navy Master Sergent” I believe you meant to say Master Chief Petty Officer. They actually work for a living!

Regardless, it’s a masterful work of art! Thanks for sharing.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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RJones

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#14 posted 11-18-2011 06:04 PM

Charles,
Thank you! on all accounts! See shows you how much I know about the Navy, LOL

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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Richard

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#15 posted 11-18-2011 10:54 PM

Oh my God, don’t let that Navy Master Chief hear you calling him a Master Sergent or he just might have one more Battle before he Retires.

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