Vintage oak barracks flooring

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Project by poospleasures posted 08-27-2017 10:43 PM 1605 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have shown projects before with my using oak lumber from the 1941 barracks used by the Army at Fort Knox, Ky. up into the 60,s. This time I turned the flooring over to the bottom side. Each piece was/is embossed about every 18” with ( made in the USA— Marion— Mississippi— Cornish /which is the lumber co/ ). I realize this is hard to see in these pics but in person it is easily read. I have made several knife display boxes and knives from this lumber. In our area of Ky. there are many retires who used to live in these barracks. They really think this is a great piece of their history. I do hear occasionally from other retires saying they were there also. It is my history also as I used to sell newspapers to those G I’s in those barracks when I was a kid in high school. Sorry for another long tale but the memory’s are so good. Thanks for looking. Comments or questions welcome.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#1 posted 08-27-2017 10:52 PM

is the knife a box? I like it .

-- Jack

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#2 posted 08-27-2017 11:25 PM

Very very nice!

-- 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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#3 posted 08-28-2017 02:34 AM

Good idea flipping the to get the writing topside. The history behind it will keep on living on. Nice job Vernon.

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

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 02:36 AM

What a great piece of memorabilia – you know I love your knives

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 08-28-2017 03:01 AM

Nice work Vernon. I didn’t know you were a KY boy, might have to get together and swap lie….......umm…...stories sometime! ;-)

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#6 posted 08-28-2017 11:14 AM

Good job Vernon. That old oak is hard to beat. Keep up the good work.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 08-28-2017 11:17 AM

Very nice! Being retired Army (NG) I can appreciate the story behind this. Both knife and box are beautiful!

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

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#8 posted 08-28-2017 11:41 AM

Too Cool. A few of those old WWII wooden Barracks were there in the 1970s. I was at Ft Knox for basic training in 1973. Although we were housed in the new brick barracks, these old wooden barracks were still being used for training. I spent several nights in them during the induction period.

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#9 posted 08-28-2017 12:13 PM

Great story and wood provenance.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 08-28-2017 12:40 PM

Very nice re use of that wood, Vernon. Some of the guys living there would be real proud to have one of your creations from that flooring!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 08-29-2017 12:05 PM

Thanks again to you all who made the wonderful comments.
DD glad to be involved the 2017 Knife swap with you and the others.
Thanks Dick you always give great comments.
Papadan it is great to be involved in the knife swap with you also. Bet I can lie better than you.
Flint long time no see. Hope you are doing well and still opening those locks.
Jeffs thanks for your comments, leadership an guidance in the Knife Swap.
Jerry I always look forward to a great woodworkers comments Thanks.
Ron I really admire folks like you who makes good stuff w/out power.
Scott from all the stuff setting in your shop it shows you are a very busy guy.
Jim I am always very pleased to get good comments from an expert such as you.
Thanks to all who gave a look.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#12 posted 08-30-2017 01:37 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 08-30-2017 10:09 AM

Ron I really admire folks like you who makes good stuff w/out power.

- poospleasures

Thank you, Vernon!

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#14 posted 10-22-2017 12:45 AM

Outstanding work, congrats on the daily 3!!

When I saw your post the first thing I thought of was the old WWII barracks I stayed in at Ft Knox for AIT in ‘78, then I read your post and saw that it was the wood from one of the floors of those buildings. I know that the ones I stayed in were condemned while we were living in them and after we vacated them they were used in the filming of “Stripes” and then torn down.

Its a small world, thanks for the quick trip down memory lane

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