Military memories box

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 10-21-2016 01:02 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a project I just finished. A military souvenir box. Another variation of my treasure chest which seems to have become my “signature” box style. Not a big box but Packed with features. First it’s 14X8X7. Large enough for those special items. Next the lid graphic. Not just drawn on the lid but actually carved in and colored. Notice the front? There is room for six medals, photographs or anything you like. It has a plexiglass window inlaid to keep them protected and displayed. Easily changed. Now on the inside. Lined with “camo” felt on the bottom. A shelf rest designed to hold and display those challenge coins. It evens comes out to display them separate. The outer box is stained with red oak and three coats of gloss poly. Inside inserts just the gloss poly. The graphic is colored with sharpie marker prior to clear coating. The corners are mitered and secured with dowel inserts for strength. Thanks all for looking!

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

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 01:19 PM

Jeff, you did a great job on the memory box. At first I thought it was a decal on top. Nice job on the painting. Is this for your personnel use?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 01:29 PM

That is a beautiful box Jeff! Tons of features packed into an elegant package. Love it! Very nice work, as usual. Hopefully this means you’re feeling better and back in the shop.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 10-21-2016 01:29 PM

I like that plexy window in front. Nice colour and finish, you covered that pine (if I’m right) very good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 03:52 PM

Thanks for the compliment guys. I appreciate them.

Dave, This was a “getting back in the groove” project for me. Several friends I went to Iraq with said they wanted a box for their memories. I made this one to test the waters with. Seems the water is fine, it sold in 20 minuets after posting. :)

Ken, yes I am doing a lot better, I started this prior to illness but I am back. While down I really got behind. Seems I find more and more ways to modify my treasure chest box. Each feature adds a degree of challenge which I love.

Ivan, you are correct. The body is pine. The tray and the inside inserts are poplar. I’m glad you like the window. It was a real measurement nightmare to get it just right. Room for the medals, and an insert with a groove so they hang just right.

Thanks all for looking!

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

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 02:58 AM

Beautifully crafted box Jeff.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 03:43 AM

Great box, Jeff! Displayed, yet accessible. Wonderful combo. Your mention of the groove hints at a detail I would have otherwise overlooked. No wonder it sold so quickly. Congratulations!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 01:24 PM

Thanks for the comments Lee and Candy. I’m glad you like this. I just tested the waters and it has caught on really well!

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

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