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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.

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

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NOTHING LESS DESERVED BY SEA CAPTAIN…greta work!
 

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

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

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Excellent job Tim, something to be proud of.
 

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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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