Master-at-Arms Coin Display

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Project by PASs posted 05-16-2014 08:56 PM 2264 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A gentleman approached me at a craft show and asked if I could do a custom coin display for a friend.
He brought me the coins and I inset them into a piece of walnut flooring I got from an elderly woodworker who was closing his shop.
I’ve never done a custom coin shape other than round so I did a prototype with his coins and a couple of mine to figure out the best method.
Forstner bit for rough inset finished with a dremel router.
The round coin is inset into blue felt.
The other two coins are inset directly into the wood (pressed in by hand).
Finish is hand rubbed 2#shellac polished on the Beall Buff.
Appreciate any comments, critiques, or suggestions.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 05-16-2014 11:30 PM

I think you did a GREAT job of getting the items beautifully displayed!

Very COOL…

You did GREAT!!

I’ll bet everyone was overjoyed with it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 05-17-2014 02:13 AM

That is an impressive project – well done my friend.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 05-17-2014 07:43 AM

These look really well done Pete. Your customer should be very happy with them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 07:48 AM

Hey Pete,,
I have a few RAN (Royal Australian Navy) Plaques hidden away in my garage gathering dust.

Your post prompted me to ask the question, let me know and I can take some pictures if of interest.

A very impressive process to mount the shields/coins, I would be interested in just how you did it.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 05-17-2014 01:42 PM

Rob, would love to see the pictures.
As for the process.
I traced around each coin and then rough drilled the holes with a forstner bit.

Note the 1/4” holes go all the way through so the coins can be pushed out if necessary.

Then I used a dremel tool in a router attachment with a 1/8” spiral upcut bit to cut away to the pencil lines.
There was a lot of carve, check fit, carve some more until I got the holes just big enough to press the coins in.

There was also a far bit of strong language as the bit kept vibrating down in the chuck, but the extra depth isn’t noticed behind the coin.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 01:45 AM

Looks gr8 Pete.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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