|Project by thelastdetailcww||posted 07-02-2012 05:02 AM||3548 views||7 times favorited||13 comments|
This was commissioned piece I made for a Navy wife that wanted to surprise her husband at his reitement ceremony, and that she did. Constructed in oak, a-1 oak plywood, walnut and alder (the ships). The top is solid oak and took a little bit of work to get the round top. The spine you see in the back in photo 2 allows the lid to rest when in the open position taking the weight off the hinges. The same piece is also cut with a 2-3 degree off set allowing the lid to rest with a slight lean backwards. I don’t put any supports on the inside so yes, the lid could drop closed. I just see the hardware being in the way of the piece and there is no glass.
In photo 3 the two smaller boxes fit to the right and left of the hat display. The larger box fits over them with the second shadow box fitting over all of them.
The lettering and the ships were all done on the scroll saw then the ships were shaped by hand.
Once completed the outside only was beat with a chain and keys. All the cedar panels were carefully masked off. Everything was sprayed with amber shellac. Once dry the the entire project was stained with a mohagany gel stain to fill the pits and dings on the outside. When dry I sprayed it with universal sealer followed by three coats of polyacrylic water based top coat.