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I was asked to make an item for an upcoming event near my hometown. The event is vet fest. An annual event where people and agency's set up with information for veterans and the day is dedicated to veterans. Lots of info, fun, a car show, contests and what this is for, an auction. Being an (Iraq) veteran myself, how could I refuse. I decided to get creative and make a box that hopefully would catch the eye of any veteran, a memorial box.

I chose a design that I have used many times for gifts and other presentations. A box with "windows" around the sides. I chose a flag and eagle design for the top. It's actually carved in. The colors are sharpie marker. To keep them from running, I used spray polyurethane, two coats to seal the color in before the final coats of clear poly. It looked bare with nothing in the windows. I came up with an idea to put a graphic of each major conflict we have been in since the civil war, each one has a campaigne medal so that is what I added. I included:

National Defense service medal (Issued during time of war)
Iraqi Freedom
Afghanistan
Desert Storm
Viet Nam
Korea
World war I
World war II

The tray is lined with desert camo and the bottom black felt. The wood is pine stained with red oak stain. Three coats of gloss polyurethane. I like the way it came out but due to time I had to put he hinge on the back. It would have been much better recessed. I have to also give credit to my Son. He works in a printing/graphics company and did the stencil for the top and all the medal prints on super stick paper for the sides. He even did my photography!

I'm hoping this goes over well.

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That is an amazingly beautiful piece. Someone is going to very happy to get it.
 

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Great work ! I like how you used dowels for joinery.
 

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Very nice work. And thank your for whatever you had to do.
 

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first off thank you very much for your service to our great country. thats very cool,you did our vets proud man. (standing and saluting).
 

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Praises, and Thanks, for your service, and for giving this wonderful piece for a good cause for Vets. Awesomeness all around.

Thank you
 

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Update: The auction was this week end. The box went over very well and sold for quite a high price. (Way more then I would have sold it for). Helping out for a worthy cause. Veterans.
 

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Update: The auction was this week end. The box went over very well and sold for quite a high price. (Way more then I would have sold it for). Helping out for a worthy cause. Veterans.
CONGRATS 😎
 
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