VFW Christmas present box

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 12-12-2021 12:59 AM 697 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

WOW! It’s been a long time since I posted a project! Here’s one I just finish. Just a simple box but like many of my projects, it’s got a story.

A few months ago, my Sons cat passed away. Rough start to a story but he wanted to bring it home to bury it. It was a hour or more drive to get here so I began work on a “kitty coffin” for him. A made a quick simple pine box, ignoring joinery and strength and only carved the cats name in the top. Finished just as he arrived. He said he didn’t want to hurt my feelings but he already had one and the cat is in it. Of coarse I said it’s okay, it’s a box and I’ll find a use for it. On the shelf it went.

I’m a member of the VFW and our local chapter decided to have a swap and steal Christmas at our December meeting and dinner. You know, pick a present or steal from your buddy. It’s fun. But I needed a gift. I saw the former kitty coffin and decided to upgrade and improve it as a gift.

First I had to remove the kitty’s name off the top. A couple trips through the planer did the trick. I cut the sides back and attached to the lid giving a recessed lid. I had a problem then. 12 screw holes in the lid. An easy fix. I have a bunch of shell casing so I drilled at each screw hole and put in the casing. I then strengthened the sides with screws, countersunk and hidden with dowels. The punisher and spartan are both popular with many of our members so I cut out both from 1/8th plywood and attached to the lid. I finished with jocobean stain, three coats of poly and desert camo for the liner.

I now had a nice multipurpose box that can be used as a pistol box, ammo box or just military souvenirs. Whatever the future owner wants to use it for. I’m hoping it goes over well. Thanks 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 12-12-2021 01:34 AM

Nice one,Jeff!

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#2 posted 12-12-2021 01:34 AM

a very nice box Jeff i just love the shells in it GREAT JOB :<))))))

Thanks for my freedom :<)))))))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 12-12-2021 01:57 AM

Great looking box. The shells are such a cool touch.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#4 posted 12-12-2021 04:17 AM

Nice work on the box and making it work for you! Love the story also!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 12-12-2021 04:46 AM

Nice flip Jeff!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 12-12-2021 05:37 AM

Very cool. Once you said “pistol box” I started thinking how a desert tan FN 509 would look in there and I think it would be perfect.

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#7 posted 12-12-2021 07:34 AM

This would be pretty cool gift box!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 12-12-2021 01:12 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. It’s nice to take a box that’s not needed and transform it into something someone will need. Lots of fun too!

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

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#9 posted 12-12-2021 01:30 PM

I guess you can call this one the burial box. Someone will get a cool gift for Christmas. Nice rehab Jeff.

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

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#10 posted 12-12-2021 02:29 PM

Your box reminds me of the beer swap box I received. Nice job repurposing the box. Especially like the shell casings.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 12-12-2021 03:50 PM

Very unique!

The figure masks look great and of course using spent brass for pins is A1 (recycling ya know)

The repurposed use is taking a family members loss to a new life. Awesome!

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#12 posted 12-12-2021 06:42 PM

Nice little box, Jeff!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 12-12-2021 08:09 PM

Awesome looking box Jeff, well done!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 12-12-2021 09:07 PM

I really like the brass casing plugs idea. Super.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#15 posted 12-12-2021 09:55 PM

Again, thanks for the comments everyone. I did another box with the casings and it worked out well, so the idea just seemed to fit with this one.

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

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