Captain's Sea Chest

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 12-14-2018 07:26 AM 1673 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to build this sea chest by a retired Naval Aviator Captain. I have a few hundred hours of labor into this project. It is made with a solid cherry hard wood exterior and lined with aromatic cedar on the interior. Gluing up all the lumber and sanding it flat was a crazy amount of work but I think the end result was worth it. All of the artwork was done with my CNC machine. The lid is made as a double panel (1 1/2” thick) in order to support doing the artwork on both sides. This made it very heavy, so to compensate for the weight I used three 60 inch pound torsion hinges from Rockler. The finish was done with multiple coats of clear lacquer. The shadowbox on top is designed as a large tray that rests on the cedar lining and can be lifted out to access the storage compartment.

The customer was very happy with the end product.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 12-14-2018 07:48 AM

WOW !!! thats a great chest and so nicely done with so many details to watch… kudos my friend !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 09:30 AM


-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-14-2018 12:07 PM

Well done sir

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#4 posted 12-14-2018 01:48 PM

One of a kind. Beautiful work.

-- Petey

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#5 posted 12-14-2018 03:39 PM

Beautiful work. Worth every hour you have in it.

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#6 posted 12-14-2018 05:05 PM

Beautiful!! I will not show this to my retired Navy Jet Jockey son! I don’t have the talent to build him one.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 12-15-2018 04:20 PM

Very cool!!! I love all the engravings. Great work!

-- Erin St. Blaine - - twitter: @firepixie

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#8 posted 12-15-2018 11:11 PM

Excellent job Tim, something to be proud of.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 01-08-2019 05:52 AM

Well, who wouldn’t be happy with results like that? Such fine details require extensive workmanship indeed. I would say those hundreds of hours were definitely well-spent!

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