When I made a box to keep windlasses, mooring chains and stakes etc last time, I should have learned the lesson from my first roof box - don't use plywood. No matter how many coats of paint or varnish you give it, the outdoor life will eventually cause the plys to delaminate. So it was with the windlass box, so I've had to make a new one, and this time, just like I did with the last roof box, which is standing up well, I've used solid wood.
This time I even attempted crude corner joints - about the limit of my woodworking skills. The box is shallow because it sits on top of the deck lockers at the back of the boat and the idea is that it can be sat upon without being so high your feet don't touch the floor. 'Where's the bottom of the box?' I hear you ask. I have a bit of hardboard to do that. It just drops in and will no doubt need replacing every couple of years at best. No big deal. The box needs to be light as possible so I can lift it out of the way to get at the lockers beneath. A few windlasses, chain, stakes and a lump hammer are quite heavy enough without the box being heavy. And the lid? That survives from the previous box, being made of a nice bit of 100 year old solid oak. As you can see, I've whacked on a good few coats of Sadolin to keep the weather out of the wood. As usual, the timber I bought from Wickes was somewhat lacking in the old straightness compartment, One piece being quite dishy across it's face, making a couple of the corner joints less than perfect. I think it'll do the job though.
Now that the better weather seem to be on the horizon, we'll be off on our next boat trip next week. I hope I can remember how to steer!