Commissioning Pennant Display

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Project by TheWoz posted 09-17-2018 12:20 AM 1093 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The commissioning pennant is the distinguishing mark of a commissioned Navy ship. It is customary for the Chief’s Mess of a warship to award this pennant to the Commanding Officer upon his transfer.
Most of the display cases I could find for ideas were shadowbox/picture frames. I thought a desk display modeled after a Sea Chest would be nice and provide room for coins and plaque while maintaining size ratio.
This display is made from a single 8ft board of 5/4 Japanese Cherry milled to 3/8” thick. The brass strap hinges were ordered “rough” from Indonesia, I detailed, beveled and polished them as well as the antique scroll hinges at the back.
Unfortunately the laser engraving of a Destroyer and the phrase “Toujour La Dace” was not burned deep enough, and is almost invisible after the danish oil was applied.
I hope you enjoy the photos, feedback is always welcome.

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#1 posted 09-17-2018 01:07 AM

Beautiful wood and a very nice case. I wonder if some rottenstone buffed in would have darkened up the engraving to make it stand out better.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 09-17-2018 01:36 AM

Nice work, awesome wood, and huge hinges.

Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 09-17-2018 12:23 PM

beautiful case and absolutely stunning wood

-- 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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#4 posted 09-17-2018 12:23 PM

You did a beautiful job on this project. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-17-2018 01:28 PM

WOW look at that grain.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 09-23-2018 02:01 PM

You picked a beautiful piece of wood for the project. I like the design. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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