WWII knife display case

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Project by poospleasures posted 03-13-2014 02:48 PM 2038 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a display case to hold three commemorative collector knives. The case is made from white oak flooring from dismantled 1940s era Fort Knox army barracks. The lumber is very very rough and covered with many coats of wax and ground in grime and long time storage. It has some cracks, splits and damage from removal. The preparation includes scraping with a card scraper to smooth but was instructed to leave many scares, nail holes and paint stains. This was harder to do than to just make it really smooth. The back side was scraped just enough to show the lumber mill embossing. Case is 12 3/4 X 6 3/4 X 2 1/16. That is all the usable width left after sawing off the tongues. The grooves are left with 1/8” being sawed off the inside groove to make a rabbit to set the base in. The glass is installed in a saw blade groove and put in before gluing the miter sides and ends together. When dry the lid is cut from the box and three barrel hinges installed. Magnets are glued into the lid and in box body to act as the fasteners. One inch foam is covered with green felt and just pushed into the body. I’m almost finished with the first 25 and may do some more later. Knife handles are made from same white oak. These all are being made for Patton Museum Foundation. Thanks for looking. As I do not know how to link things please see my blog posted today in the blogs section for the rest of the story.

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

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 02:53 PM

Great looking display with a piece of history…................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 03:29 PM

History re-newed – Great job !!

-- 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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#3 posted 03-13-2014 04:06 PM

Great looking display case.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 04:15 PM

That makes a wonderful display case. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 04:21 PM

that is very cool, looks good. Great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#6 posted 03-13-2014 06:44 PM

You did a great job Vernon and they will look good in the museum. Well done. I can imagine how hard it was to only be able to clean up the wood slightly.

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

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 01:05 AM

History mixed in with a project (or actually multiple projects) my favorite.

How did you acquire all the oak from Ft. Knox & does it make you nervous sawing off the tops w/the glass installed?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 03:30 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done. Thanks for Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 11:52 AM

Please let me clarify this project. I am only a very small part of this. I have lived close to Fort Knox all my life and have many friends there and this is the way the Patton Museum Foundation chair person found me. He has at his disposal several hundred feet of this lumber which he supplies to me for this and other projects to come. He is one busy guy and one hell of an organizer. My thanks to him.
Redryder I’m already slow so I do not have to slow down as you are doing.
Recycle1943 Thanks for looking at this stuff again.
wiswood2 Thanks, really nice toys you make
helluva Thanks coming from you it means a lot
Steve you make some nice practical stuff thanks
doubldd By the scrapping and breaking edges with 150 paper it is fairly smooth to touch. Finish is Watco which bring out the scratches and nail holes
rtbrmb Sawing off the top does not seem as dangerous to me after doing it. PM if you like and we can discuss.
Rick Thanks for comment. You are a fine woodworker but a very busy guy with all those interest.

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

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#10 posted 03-14-2014 01:14 PM

Great project!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 03-14-2014 04:20 PM

Very nice project! Great way to preserve a bit of history—hope they come with some type of document that recites that history for all future owners (just an idea). Thanks for posting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 03-14-2014 11:54 PM

This is really weird Vernon, because I know I made a comment about this the other day, and I don’t see it, and I just got this notice in my email….......Weird …........... Anyway, I’ll say it again: This is awesome and an amazing part of your past. Pretty cool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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