Sea Chest

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Project by thelastdetailcww posted 07-02-2012 05:02 AM 4809 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 06:23 AM

Ken that is one beautiful job you did , just a stunning chest and a great finish too

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#2 posted 07-02-2012 08:56 AM

Very Nice Indeed!!

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#3 posted 07-02-2012 09:50 AM

Wonderful work and beautiful too. Any old salt would be extremely pleased to get these.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-02-2012 11:50 AM

Great job, I really like this chest.

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#5 posted 07-02-2012 12:53 PM

All I can say is wow. I’m a Retired Navy DAV and this is the first time I have truely seen a “Sea Chest”
What a beautiful job. Thanks so much for sharing.

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#6 posted 07-02-2012 01:22 PM

Fantastic workmanship… it looks old already!

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#7 posted 07-02-2012 01:43 PM

BZ ! Great job

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 07-02-2012 02:53 PM

Most impressive!!! What a retirement gift Outstanding

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#9 posted 07-02-2012 03:39 PM

super build I bet they both loved it.

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#10 posted 07-02-2012 04:15 PM

Great job. Nice choice of wood. The oak gives it the character of sturdiness of the great ships and the people that man them. What a wonderful retirement piece for a navy CWO.

-- Jim, Missouri

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#11 posted 07-02-2012 04:15 PM

That is a wonderful piece

It will be treasured


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#12 posted 07-03-2012 01:51 AM

Beautiful work on a project that is sure to be appreciated for many years by many people. Great Work!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 07-04-2012 05:21 AM

Very nice workmanship. I have built three of them myself this past year for gifts

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