USCG CPO/Gunnersmate Hat Box

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 01-03-2015 11:58 AM 8426 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The military is built on tradition. Making Chief Petty Officer is a major milestone in any sailor’s career. I was recently commissioned to make several CPO hat boxes for some newly selected Coast Guard Chiefs. This is one I did for a female Gunners mate. She wanted it to resemble an ammo crate. The top is purposely designed to look like it should open but it doesn’t. Instead both ends open. I made the ends cut for glass doors and hinged them. I used earth magnets to keep the doors closed but still allow easy access. One end has a wood plaque with patches from her uniform and the other opens to the storage compartment for the CPO cover (hat). I embedded 8 challenge coins that had special meaning to the new Chief. After delivery of this box the customer added lead seals that are normally used on ammo crates. This is made project is made from California Red Oak, stained Early American and finished with clear lacquer. Fun project, the customer was very happy with the hat box.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 01:38 PM

I believe that you customer was very happy. Good idea and perfect job and interesting story.
And nice wood.

-- Jiri

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 02:07 PM

That is a cool hat box. I would be proud to have it myself. Nice work Tim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 02:11 PM

Quite interesting box with all those significant details, carvings etc. I like this ’’weapon box’’ style.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 04:26 PM

That’s an awesome ‘shadow’ box. I love all the unique details. Are you using a CNC router?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 05:57 PM

You do good work….Great details in this hat box….Well done

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 07:08 PM

Good stuff indeed. I like the challenge coins – haven’t thought of that before, but it makes a nice touch.

-- v/r, duna sends...

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 07:21 PM

Very nice. A great moment of a milestone in oneʻs career.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 06:12 AM

Thanks for the complements.

Vicki… yes I have a CNC machine. It is a ShopBot Desktop with a spindle style router and I use ASPIRE software.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 03:04 PM

Great design, nicely built!

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

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#10 posted 01-06-2015 12:52 AM

Great looking CPO hat box! I’m sure she’s very proud of it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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