|Forum topic by Blackfly||posted 01-25-2012 09:31 PM||1143 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-25-2012 09:31 PM
My name is Jimmy and as the title states I am a newbie to major woodworking. I’ve built some work benches, a firewood stand, and I’ve done some nice refinishing work on some pine furniture but that’s about the extent of my experience.
Anyways I’ve been in the Coast Guard for almost 15 years and I’ve recently been promoted to Chief and I am going to take on the task of making my Chief’s Hat Box. I’ve seen other members CPO hat boxes on here so some of you might be familiar with these. So let’s get right into my question. I’m looking for 3 different types of wood to build my box out of with colors/grains that would complement each other.
First off the base and top will be 16×16x3/4(maybe 15×15). So either single piece at 16×16 or something 16×10x7/4 and go for a nice bookmatched top.
Secondly, on the top I want a thin piece of a nice golden yellow wood cut as an anchor that I’ll inlay into the top of the box. Approx 10” in length.
Third will be the shield. It will be on top, cut 3 dimensional probably by hand. Approx 5 1/4” in length. I was thinking of possibly purpleheart wood for this but nothing is definite.
As for the chain I was think of doing some wood burning.
So what do you guys think would be some good wood choices. The anchor being a golden color is my starting point. Also, I’m not sure if it matters but for the achor does it need to be something that cuts easily for the inlay?