|Project by dclark1943||posted 05-31-2012 03:27 PM||3798 views||11 times favorited||13 comments|
While visiting my sister and brother in law recently, they asked if I wanted some old barn wood that was stacked behind their garage. I said ” sure, and I’ll build you a box in payment” so that was the start of this sea chest. I did a little searching for idea’s on the web and sure enough found a great plan that you see here from “marlinspike.com”. This is a six board chest, as these boards were up to 19” wide ! They were first cut northern wisconsin pine and were just over 1” thick, well weathered and full of worm tracks and square nail holes. All of which added to the character once it was surfaced. I did the surfacing on the drum sander so as not to knock out any of the knots. The hardware on the box was ordered from a specialty firm on the east coast and is hand wrought iron—awesome hinges. the “beckets” or handles are made from regular rope, and the cleats are cherry wood. True to tradition the bottom is fastened with ringed bronze nails, and the corners are dovetailed. As the chest is tapered the dovetails were just a little tricky. I used a leigh dovetail jig to cut them. The chest has a “till” which was used as a place for small items, and although not shown in any of the photo’s I did install a lock on the chest. These chests were tapered to provide stability when the ship was moving around, and there are skids under the chest so water could run under and it could dry out. The lid has a lip also to shed water. These chests were made to sit at the end of the seaman’s bunk and hold their clothes and other belongings. it could also be used as a bench. My sister has it in front of the couch in the TV room and uses it to store blankets.
-- Dave, Kansas City