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#1 posted 12-08-2010 09:20 PM

Nice work! Hats off to all our men and women in uniform – present, veterans and past. Thanks for sharing and thanks to your son for his service.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 09:33 PM


-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 10:38 PM

Very nice project and execution. My thanks and gratitude to you son for his service!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 10:43 PM

Stand tall and proud William your son is doing a great service for his country. The box looks wonderful and I am sure he will treasure it always.

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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#5 posted 12-09-2010 12:01 AM

Very nicely done, I like the creative use of the oak strips on the lid. Overall the trunk has that unique look of something handmade, and something that just can’t be bought at a store. Is it made out of reclaimed pecan? I like this design and I was wondering if I could borrow parts of your design (I really like the look of the lid and how the oak wraps around the carcass of the trunk). I build chests for charity auctions, and I am always looking for designs which are different and will capture the bidders attention.

Thank your son for his decision.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 12-09-2010 12:40 AM

Thank for all the compliments.
Richard. If you can get some kind of inspiration from the design, or completely copy it for that matter, is fine with me. I didn’t think it was all that different of a design.
Also, about 90% of all the wood I use is what I guess you would call reclaimed wood. I will let all in on the “secret” of how I afford to do so many projects on my tight budget, especially with the price of lumber these days.
On the south end of the town I live in is a casket company. This company builds the wooden insides to caskets, which are shipped off to another branch where there are encased in metal, or whatever the final finish of the casket is to be. At this company, they get most of their wood in strips, ranging from two to four inches wide and about one inch thick. They glue these strips up into panels and then plane them down to three quarter inch thick and 28” wide by around 7’ long.
Now, quality control comes in at after the planing. If a piece has any flaw, such as a crack, cut off square, beat up corner, pretty much anything, it is rejected. The rejected wood is stored in a warehouse, where is is sometimes used for sides, ends, and other things. They also use this rejected lumber to fire a furnace that heats the plant in the winter. Now the warehouse gets too full at times. That’s when they put the wood on the parking lot.
Once the wood is on the parking lot, it is free game for anyone who wants to take it. There is wood there of all levels of quality, from a woodworker’s dream, to firewood. The only rule there is that you have to back your truck up and start loading, taking the good with the bad. Good for me, I also heat my shop with a wood heater. I also usually supply fire wood every year to three elderly people I know who have fireplaces, but are to old and frail to cut wood any more.
With this system, I have aquired quite a supply of wood. I also am able to keep plenty of firewood around. Actually, between hauling wood and saving scrap, I’m usually so stocked up with wood that I’m hunting places inside and out to put it. Luckily, I’ve also been able to help a few fellow woodworkers on occasion.
Anyway, the oak, pecan, and mahogany on this trunk came from the casket company. Now I don’t tell just anyone where my wood comes from. It’s wood. Some people though get funny about where I got it from. I don’t get it though. It was never actually used in a casket. The looks I’ve gotten from some people though, you’d think I went and dug up caskets for the wood. If I thought people could take a joke, I was told what to tell them. “I got my wood from the underground furniture company”.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 12-09-2010 01:54 AM

Another wonderful project you made, William. It is just beautiful. I love the scrolled emblem especially. It is a beautiful tribute to your son. I am sure he will love it!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 12-09-2010 05:05 AM

William: Wow i salute you. You done a awesome job on that trunk especially the U.S. Army Emblem. I can under stand how you fill about your son going in to the Army. My Daughter joined the Army In August 2001 right befor 9-11 and Then they sent her to Kuwait 8 month after she was in. My wife and i was nervous for her the whole time she was in. She is out of the Army now. Been out about 5 years now. I also served in the Army for 22 years Retired 10 years ago. I loved it, one of the best decision i have ever made. One day i am going to buy me a decent scroll saw and make one of those emplem and put it up in my War room i have all my militaray stuff in.

Thanks for posting

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 12-09-2010 12:55 PM

Great work. Your son is bound to love it. I admire and commend both your sons for serving their country and I hope they stay safe. At some point we have to let our kids go, but that doesn’t lessen our concern or love for them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-10-2010 01:20 AM

gosh…how do you do that?...

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#11 posted 02-14-2011 05:08 AM

nice work ,God bless your son and our the U S Army!

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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