Veteran's Clock Tower Display Case

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 08-24-2014 03:33 AM 1718 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I often do work for the local trophy shop. Most of this is custom pieces for trophies and the like. The AmVets in one of the neighboring towns had a clock tower erected. They also had a miniature replica made and wanted a means to display the miniature along with a couple of pieces from the manufacturing of the full size tower bell. As the miniature tower has 4 battery operated clocks, the case had to allow access to change the batteries. This is what I came up with.

The entire thing is made of walnut. The base is 3/4” and the case pieces are 3/8”. I don’t normally work with such narrow stock so it was different. And of course keeping all the dadoes for plexiglass properly oriented was also a challenge. After finishing, the frames were glued together using 5-minute epoxy.

In the end, the customer was thrilled and they were able to display the miniature tower, a chunk of sand used in the casting of the bell, and a small piece of the brass overflow during the casting.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 08-24-2014 09:51 AM

Unique case, Pat. I can imagine the headaches that caused trying to keep those pieces aligned correctly. Beautiful display. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 02:46 PM

Super job on that case!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 07:32 PM

And some people think a picture frame is complicated … (on the other hand, others also happily pay through the nose for a picture frame, and then complain and bleat about the price of a bespoke piece of furniture). Nicely done Pat, I know what a monster these can be and yours has come our excellently

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 07:53 PM

Very challenging piece & you did a great job on it. This will be around for people to enjoy for years.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 08-30-2014 08:18 PM

Very cool. Using part of the casting for the bell is really cool idea to go with it.

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

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