A new take on the Sailor's Chest

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Project by Stefflus posted 402 days ago 2256 views 28 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t really have good pictures of everything I made this term, so I’ll just skip right to the finals.
This is this terms finishing exam.

It is supposed to be a melting together of a log chest (which is a hollowed out log, used as a chest), and a sailors chest (which is dovetailed together with sloping sides).

Everything is one plank of Birch, even the top plate that is wrapped in padding and canvas.
The finish is 4 coats of Liberon Finishing Oil, buffed with beeswax paste.

-- -Steffen, from Norway

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#1 posted 402 days ago

Wow! Not an easy thing to do but you did a great job on this.

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#2 posted 402 days ago

That is a beautiful and graceful looking chest. Great design! I like the way you have cut out the with curved lines instead of a straight across. Cutting those dovetails on the curved surfaces must have been a challenge. Well done!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 402 days ago

excellent piece of craftmanship. outstanding work and beauty. the patients and time involved must have been hugh.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#4 posted 402 days ago

Amazing work.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#5 posted 402 days ago

A work of art! Lucky Sailor!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#6 posted 402 days ago

What an astonishing piece! I’m awed.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#8 posted 402 days ago

So graceful – almost breathtaking. I’d love to look over your shoulder when you cut those dovetails.

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#9 posted 402 days ago

Excellent Work!
I trust that you scored well on the Final…
Thanks for sharing it and welcome to Lumberjocks!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 402 days ago

A STUNNING piece. Fantastic design and execution.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 402 days ago

Awesome work. Great design and even better craftsmanship.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#12 posted 402 days ago

WOW, a terrific chest, fantastic workmanship.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 402 days ago

Hope you received an A+, you have incredible skill

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#14 posted 402 days ago

Wow .Really nice work I’m assuming that’s a lift off lid? How did you cut it free?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 402 days ago

That’s one for the books, so so nice really awesome!

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