Helmet case

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Project by DonDA posted 04-07-2014 11:26 PM 1776 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, thanks to Lawrence for his posts about making helmet cases. When I saw them I knew I had to make one for my son-in-law. I didn’t have a power carver, so had to do it the old fashion way – relief carve it by hand. I drew it in sketchup, then printed the inscription full size, traced the letters with carbon paper and started carving. About 40 hours later I had the name inscription done. The wood is Peruvian walnut, which was quite easy to carve. The case was dyed Georgian cherry per his request, then urethane. The letters didn’t have enough contrast at first. So I was going to paint them with a complimentary color. After I sanded the urethane off the letters my son-in-law liked the look of the bare wood, so that is how we left it. I am going to finish a glass case like Lawrence did also, but getting the glass etched with his squadron logo and flight surgeon logo for two sides.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 12:13 AM

Very cool looking helmet case! I’ve never seen one of these before.

As far as etching the glass, you might be able to do that yourself. I saw on the Woodsmith Shop show this weekend a product that you brush onto the glass that etches it, kind of like sandblasting. So what you could do, is to tape off the outline of what you want, then brush this etching goop onto the area to be etched. Let it sit a couple of minutes, then rinse it off with water. It’s quick, easy, and probably costs less that getting it etched at a commercial shop.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 12:18 AM

Wonderful idea, looks great

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 01:08 AM

very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 02:10 AM

Nice work. Thank him for his service.
Is he still active, or retired?

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 08:12 AM

That is sweet! A real tribute to one of vetrans.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 04:06 PM

He retired about 2 yrs ago and is now a full time pulmonologist.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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