Custom Navy Sea Chest/Retirement Shadow Box

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Project by jevarn71 posted 02-27-2011 04:35 AM 47583 views 28 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any new projects. I’m particularly proud of this one so I figured I’d go ahead and post it.
Built for a retiring Navy Senior Chief who was looking for someone up to a challenge, I completed it during my off-duty time in just under two months while working my fulltime Air Force job.
It is solid Black Walnut with aromatic cedar on the inside. The finish is Watco Teak oil and Minwax Clear Gloss poly. More build photos can be viewed here:


-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 04:39 AM

Great stuff, you should get a promotion!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 05:05 AM

Wow! That is amazing. Love the see-through lid. GREAT job!

Hats off to all the men and women in uniform – past, present and veterans – for their service.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 05:20 AM

Nice work!

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 05:30 AM

Wow wow wow that’s amazing and fantastic. great work.


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#5 posted 02-27-2011 06:45 AM

Seriously, this type of sutff kills me.

So. Not only doing your day-job, but producing a nice piece of craftsmanship and design to boot?

Works like these, by people such as yourself, are always a humbling experience.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 07:09 AM


-- Ian, Tennessee

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#7 posted 02-27-2011 08:53 AM

What a beauty!

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#8 posted 02-27-2011 11:26 AM

Great workmanship, that has to be one happy Senior Chief.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#9 posted 02-27-2011 11:53 AM

WOW!! I’m speechless..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 02-27-2011 01:57 PM

As another retired Chief, I would also like to thank you for sharing this. Awesome work.

-- Torque it 'till it breaks then back off a quarter turn

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#11 posted 02-27-2011 02:50 PM

Fantastic job. I lot of great details!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 02-27-2011 03:25 PM

Well done Jason! Very nice!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 02-27-2011 03:52 PM

That is really a beautiful Sea Chest I know he will enjoy it for many years.If I remember right he is a ship serviceman his rating. Hats of to our military they deserve it.

-- [email protected]

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#14 posted 02-27-2011 09:58 PM

As another retired Chief, thanks for sharing. This is a stunning chest and one that he will cherish forever, I’m sure. That is certainly interservice camaraderie – a “zoomie” making a retirement chest for a “swabbie”!

Great job all around – choice of wood, workmanship, finish – everything is superb!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#15 posted 02-27-2011 10:04 PM

Uhhhhhhhh…. WOW Beautiful job!!

-- Ridin' and rippin'

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