Challenge Coin Cabinet for Father-in-Law

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Project by Brewjar posted 01-08-2015 03:38 PM 1472 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Father-in-Law needed a birthday present and the wife and I know he does not have a coin rack to display his coins after 32 years of military service. Still inexperienced and needed to try something different than what I have done.

Made out out of pine and poplar with chisel carved box joints. Stained dark walnut to match exsisting furniture.

I will probably never do box joints with a chisel again. I’ve had success using a table saw and a router before, but this took way too long, and they are not exactly a half-inch.

Once I get more confidence in this kind of woodworking, I might splurge on better wood.

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 07:36 PM

Nice work. I am sure your father-in-law will appreciate your efforts for a long time.

Can you explain “military challenge coins?” Thanks.

Hal H.

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 08:26 PM

Lakebound, thanks.
The challenge coins are given out by service members of higher rank, by friends or even special events. These coins are usually custom for that person or their position. So if you get a coin from General Malaise, the coin would have his rank and position on it (but not his name).
By “challenge” it is meant that when a person presents a coin to someone, the other person person shows their coin. Depending on whose coin is from a higher rank, the other person buys the beers.

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 05:32 PM

Thanks for the explanation.

Hal H.

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