Russian Watch 2-side Frame

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Project by Woodbutcher3 posted 04-04-2011 07:11 PM 1812 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t a recent project, but I thought I’d load it up for record.

This was a 2006 Retirement gift for Col. William “Bill” Johnson. One of the guys in the office knew that Bill collected pocket watches. So, I was given all the gear in the frame – front and back, to design a way to display both sides of the watch yet still be able to access the watch to remove or use it.

Pocket Watch – Russian WWII Commemorative Pocket Watch ~ Front side (see the Sickle & Hammer)
Cold War Medal w/ Ribbon – not one to add to military ribbons, but a commemorative
Unit emblem – wanted a larger one so it was printed on cardboard stock and cut out

Pocket Watch – Russian Pocket Watch~ back side (WWII years on watch and Star)
Challenge Coin – Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), Quantico, VA.
Watch Authentiation Document.

The watch is accessible through the cap I put on top of the frame. The reason it stands proud of the frame is because all the chain for the watch is stored under it. I needed the room. So, the hook for the pocket watch actually drops down through a hole at the top with room for the chain on either side.

The frame sandwiches two layers of red foam board between plexiglass. (it was fun trying to trim that out to fit the watch and medal. Red marker pens help hide the white inner foam.)

The frame is suspended so that is turns on two brass posts – one in the base, one a the top of the frame.

The wood is mahogany with a Watco finish.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 08:49 PM

Now THAT is a very nice design, and well executed too. I especially like how you did the base.

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#2 posted 04-10-2011 07:05 PM

Very nice project and what a great gift! He will treasure that for sure.
Nice job and thanks for sharing!...................Jim, Your new buddy!

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