Retirement Chest

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Project by JT23325 posted 310 days ago 979 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is ceder lined chest that has 4 viewable panels . The chest was crafted from Cherry with Jabota And waterfall bubinga accents. Additionally at the top of each leg post are 4 pieces of teak. Each one came off one of the 4 Battleships Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Missouri…

The inside (not in photo) is ceder lined and holds retirement paperwork, award certificates and other memorability. Inside of the top is designed to insert the certificate of retirement..

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#1 posted 310 days ago

Let me be the first. This is the most beautiful, creative and well built military display, retirement chest I have ever seen. I absolutely love it. Please don’t feel bad but I must favorite this for future builds. I am also retired military from the Army and an Iraq veteran and this would be perfect to display my awards. I envision a lift out tray set for my challenge coins. Again, thanks for posting and great job!

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#2 posted 310 days ago

This is one of your finest designs and builds, IMHO!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 310 days ago

Really slick!

How did you come by the special teak?

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#4 posted 310 days ago

The Teak was personally collected throughout my career, I spent a portion of my career in Long Beach Ca in the mid 80s where they were bringing them back into commission. There I got a section from both the Missouri and the New Jersey. I got a 3ft plank off the Iowa while I was in the Persian gulf working with her (well before her accident) And finally the Wisconsin plank was sent to me from a fellow Chief during her Decommissioning… I still have 80% of each plank still trying to find the perfect project for them…. I also have collected Mahogany from the Bridge Wings of the USS Mississippi CGN 40 and the USS Saipan LHA 2 of which I served on during their Decommissioning….

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#5 posted 310 days ago

Very nice retirement chest Jeff, the wood is beautiful….you did a wonderful job…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#6 posted 309 days ago

That’s a beautiful chest you’ve made!! I really like the idea of the glass paned, shadow box sides. When I finally hang up my hat here in a couple of years, I think this would be the perfect display for 20+ years of service. It would also keep me from making an uber pretentious “I love me” wall. The only problem is how do I incorporate all these years of being an M1A1 tanker into a box light enough to lift …hehehe.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#7 posted 309 days ago

That is a great looking chest there. I love the accents of teak from each of the Iowa class battleships. I also like Jeff’s ideal of adding a tray/shelf inside for challenge coins

-- I would offer moral support, but I have questionable morals - Me, 2005

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