Medal Box

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Project by ruddy posted 06-08-2015 11:39 PM 2818 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently asked to make a Medal Box for a retired Australian Army serviceman to store his medals and his fathers medals. The father served with the legendary Gurkhas and the son in the Engineers in the Aussie army.
I had the emblems of both laser engraved in the curved lid along with their respective names.
The box is made from teak and finished with Scandanavian oil and then waxed. The inner tray is lined with a green pigskin suede.
I like the look of oiled teak and polished brass and this box has my simple hinge design using a 10 mm diameter polished brass rod. There is a picture with the lid removed that shows how the rod is attached to the lid.The box is assembled with 4mm Dominos.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 06-08-2015 11:52 PM

That’s a great looking box! I love the curved lid, and your ingenious hinge system!

I’m sure the retiree will really appreciate it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 06-08-2015 11:57 PM

Hi Ruddy, Very nice box ! and needless to say, the hinge is outstanding :) the curved top, the engraving and the pigskin put this one over the top – - Thanks for sharing Ruddy; stay well !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 06-09-2015 12:34 AM

It’s a real work of art Ian, but from you I would expect nothing less. Beautiful hinge!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 06-09-2015 02:36 AM

Outstanding! Very impressive!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#5 posted 06-09-2015 08:33 AM

what a beautiful box Ian, i really like the hinge , it sets in the top like it was always meant to be there,ive wanted to make a box for my son, and i think i have settled on this style…as always your work really shines…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 06-09-2015 10:04 AM

Very attractive box. Nice details, and the green lining is a perfect complement.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 06-09-2015 11:33 AM

Thank you all for the comments. This was one of those projects that was fun to make. I wanted to see how the laser engraving would look on a curved lid and I am pleased with the way the engraver spent some extra time experimenting with some scrap teak.
Regards from Sydney

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#8 posted 06-09-2015 12:21 PM

A very nice looking box, Ruddy.
And a good reason to make it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 06-09-2015 12:22 PM

Excellent work!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#10 posted 06-09-2015 12:31 PM

You did a beautiful job on this box and it makes a perfect container in which to store precious family heirlooms such as medals.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 06-09-2015 04:18 PM

Outstanding! You’ve created a truly beautiful piece and the green pigskin suede really adds a great finishing touch.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 06-09-2015 04:36 PM

Another stunning box. The lining is really nice.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#13 posted 06-09-2015 05:28 PM

Very attractive box Ruddy.
The wood and hardware and also the lining all work well together and the engraving just adds that special touch making it perfect for the occasion .
I have to try that style of hinge some time it gives the back a nice and clean look and detail .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 06-09-2015 07:53 PM

Nicely done. Good cause.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#15 posted 06-10-2015 12:41 AM

Very nice. An excellent design, finish, felting and hinge system. Just an all round super job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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