Custom White Oak Challenge Coin Display

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Project by mspain77 posted 08-22-2017 04:04 PM 1922 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A client sent me a couple pictures he found online of a challenge coin holder he really liked. He wanted to have the curved steps and he liked the height of each step. He gave me his desired dimensions and this is what I came up with.
This is 6/4 Red Oak. My last two coin displays were Red Oak and this client requested the same material and finish. I used a cool trick on a router table to rout out the grooves for the coins to match the edge which I had already cut out and sanded down. Going forward I would glue up each step individually as the clamping portion was challenging once I had all four tiers in place, but I didn’t realize that until it was too late.
I used a semi-gloss Minwax spray-on poly as I seem to have really good results with that product on pieces like this. I then used the paper bag trick to add a glass smooth surface after the last of three coats was dry.
Of course my brand went on bottom prior to the finish, and it was probably the best result I’ve had so far. I also added the clear rubber bumpers to act as feet and prevent the bottom from becoming scratched up.
This piece is 19” overall length, and 5” tall. Each tier is 1.25” tall and they they each decrease in length my 1.5” overall, so 3/4” on each side. The bottom shelf is 6” from the back to the widest point of the arc, and they decrease by 1” for every tier. This is pretty heavy too…about 15 lbs.

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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#1 posted 08-23-2017 01:19 PM

Very nice. Need to make a coin holder for a friend.

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 08-23-2017 02:08 PM

This is a great coin display. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 08-23-2017 06:40 PM

Thanks guys! The support means a lot.

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 05:22 PM

Hey mspain77, Great looking piece…one question….what is this router trick you mention?


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