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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 503 days ago 1563 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up this one last night. This small sea chest was commissioned by the wife of a soon-to-be retired Navy Machinist Mate. I used oak with golden oak stain and sapele for the trim, all finished with a few coats of General Finish gel topcoat…I love that stuff!!!

I used rabbet joints for the construction and mortised the hinges flush. A friend with a CNC machine helped out with the lid carving and the blades even have pitch.

This was a first for me in making the rope beckets. I think i spent more time making these two than I did on the rest of the chest but going with other handles just didn’t give it the look desired. I learned how to tie these from a co worker and lots of YouTube viewing.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 503 days ago

Very cool great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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shipwright

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#2 posted 503 days ago

Nice work, especially on the beckets. I’ve thought of trying the ones in Hervey Garret Smith’s “Marlinspike Sailor” more than once but never got around to it. Maybe this will inspire me. Looks like synthetic rope. I would think that may make it even harder as it doesn’t hold it’s lay well.
At any rate congrats on a fine bit of ropework and a great chest.
Well done.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 503 days ago

That’s a wonderful sea chest. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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PASs

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#4 posted 503 days ago

Nice Al…looks like a follow-on career in the makin’.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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Roger

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#5 posted 503 days ago

The chest came out nicely and those ropes are outta site.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Mean_Dean

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#6 posted 503 days ago

Great looking sea chest! I’m sure your machinist mate friend will really appreciate it!

-- Dean

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 503 days ago

super nice, I’m definitely a fan of all your work. Love the military style!

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Boatman53

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#8 posted 503 days ago

Great job on the chest and I agree with shipwright outstanding job on the beckets. I’m not surprised that the beckets took longer than the box. I’ve been doing marlinspike work for a long time and your efforts weren’t wasted.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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AlBCuttnWud

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#9 posted 503 days ago

Paul,
I used paracord and you are correct, the next time I’ll go with a different kind of line. I like the color choices of paracord but it is callenging to keep the piece tight when working. I’ve got a bell rope to make next so looking forward to giving this fancywork another try.

-Al

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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AlBCuttnWud

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#10 posted 503 days ago

Thanks for all the kind comments guys, looking forward to the customer seeing it for the first time.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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Navywife

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#11 posted 502 days ago

Al,
Another great project!!!! Chest looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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#12 posted 270 days ago

Al, Great job on this sea chest. You have completed lots of projects that I’ve wanted to do as well. Unfortunately, I’m still on active duty and have little time to make any sawdust. You’ve been an inspiration to us all and it’s been a pleasure to see what you will churn out next. Thank you for your military service and your continued support for the rest of us still on the “pond.”

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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AlBCuttnWud

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#13 posted 268 days ago

Bennie…...thanks for your kind words. I too get a lot out of all the great ideas people on here come up with. I still consider most of my stuff basic as there are many on here that have true skills and talent.

An aviation mustang myself, still going strong as I come up on 25 years soon….hoping I still a few good years ahead of me. Don’t get the impression I do this full time…..I’ve got about 10 projects in various stages ongoing at any given time and just get an hour or two here and there to make progress. I have a problem of not being able to say no when people have last minute requests like retirements, farewells, etc when the project is for a deserving person.

Do you have a woodshop on base over there?

Thank you for your service, be safe over there and keep in touch.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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MarineMustang

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#14 posted 240 days ago

I have never been creative or handy enough to make amazing items like this sea chest. As a Marine, the rope work and other naval traditions have always meant a lot to me. Incredible work! Wish these were the types of gifts given more often during Hails & Farewell or retirements aside from the ordinary garbage…

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AlBCuttnWud

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#15 posted 239 days ago

MarineMustang,
Funny thing you mention as you remind me of my story. I have always enjoyed working with wood but got away from it after joining the Navy. Years later I found myself stationed with a MALS and was really impressed with the mindset that everyone departing, on good terms, was going to get something. The standard for my division was a overpriced plaque sold at the base exchange. After a few departures to empty out the geedunk funds, I asked for $20 to buy a stick of wood to make 5-6 plaques that we could customize ourselves. Again, years later my skills have advanced a little, my tool inventory has grown, and my motivation is to create something unique with every project I make as I hope that the recipient can look at it and reflect back on their service.

Some commands are better at sending folks off than others. I think most people and cases, people just don’t think ahead and find themselves scrambling around to come up with something for someone’s departure and the only option and quickest turn in a standard 8×10 engraved plaque.

I will say that I have joined commands that didn’t do much for farewells and all it took to spark interest was to pay attention to when people were due to roll out and plan….seems simple but it is amazing how much more appropriate the departure efforts turned out. I could go on and on but all it takes is one person to have a little motivation to get the ball rolling to spark people’s interest.

As for this chest…..one of my most treasured gifts to date is a small footlocker chest with an EGA etched in the top and a picture of my Marines and Sailors mounted to the inside part of the lid.

So thanks for your complements, by all means let me know if I can ever help out with some ideas for that someone special. I do sell things from time to time but enjoy the hobby so always willing to share ideas and my lessons learned. Semper Fi Marine!

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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