Chiefs Charge Book box 1995

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Saw some pictures of a group of 9 Chiefs charge book boxes, and had to share mine from 1995, also done in San Diego.

Mine was built on a small 4×8 deck on a 3rd floor condo, using a $99 delta table saw, some poplar and an imagination. Came out pretty well. My whole objective in my mind at the time was to make it nice to look at and impregnable by some dastardly lower ranked sailors, and the chiefs as well. They would have had to destroy it to get into it, and that would have gone over the line. So it was unscathed during the prep for initiation.

Poplar with the darkest minwax stain I could find. Notice the lines from the Home Depot planer…there were zero tools at my house back then, so bought the delta table saw to build this. Fortunately I was single at the time, so no one cared what I was doing out there on the deck.

Enjoy seeing others build their own, and even more, someone willing to share their knowledge with their fellow chiefs and “make it happen”.

Retired Sonar Tech Chief with 21 years.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 04:07 AM

Handsome and secure!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 09:12 AM

Great work on this Scott. It goes to show what a talented woodworker can do despite a lack of quality tools. An inspiration to us all.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 02:23 PM

They are all mass produced here(Midwest), with laser engraving. Not much thought put into them. They all look cheesy and cheap.

Your charge book shows talent that was accomplished with very little tools.
Great Job!!

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