White oak from WWII

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 03-13-2014 02:09 PM 1565 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope this blog is read and shown to as many Army veterans as you can who were stationed at Fort Knox during the 1940,s through the time the wooden barracks were in use. What a memorable time this was. As a kid in the late 50’s I sold newspapers to the GI’s in these very same barracks. This is not an add to sell any thing.This is a story about many things including white oak and our history using it in WWII barracks. As you will see in my project I have the honor of making the white oak display cases for the commemorative historical Fort Knox barracks knives.

This case frame made using old white oak flooring from old barracks from 1941. Notice the nail holes. Now on to the story.

The handles of these knives are made of the flooring also. Each piece of the flooring has the embossed markings from the Miss. lumber co. The unfinished inside of each box has a part of the embossing still readable.

Each knife is different and the rebuilt barracks are so nice for keeping our veterans memory’s alive.

Thanks for spending your time reading and remembering. All comments or PMs welcome. If you have questions I will answer or find the answer.

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

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 02:39 PM

Way cool! Great story and project. Thanks for sharing with us.

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 03:41 PM

I always love it when a project comes with a story. Always makes it better.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 06:40 PM

I enjoy hearing some history of the lumber used in a project. This is a historic story. It must make you feel proud to be part of it. Better than selling newspapers.

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

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 12:02 AM

Great, I was in wood barracks at Fort Virginia, the infirmary/hospital was also wood, great use of the wood

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

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 12:49 AM

Thanks for saving this wood, and keeping the memories of those barracks alive!

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

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 02:29 AM

Awesome way to preserve a recent history. So much of that era is being bulldozed without a thought. Congrats on being part of it, the case looks great.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 02:41 AM

That is very awesome Vernon. An amazing part of your life. How were you able to aquire that wood. I’m really speechless.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 12:13 PM

I did a clarifying statement in my projects post. I am only a small part of this project.
ratchet—Thanks for looking and the comment.
monte—Hope things are working well for you in your recovery. I know it must be h—-. Thanks for taking the to look and write. We all will keep thinking of you.
douledd—I sometimes made 5 or 6 dollars an afternoon selling papers which is more than I make woodworking
NormG—I,m sure those were some rough days THANKS for your service.
Mean_Dean Thanks for the comment and the thanks will be passed on to the project coordinator.
clieb91—It is a joy to work (fun) on these items thanks for the comments.
Roger—I can,t believe you speechless!!! Yeh not only my life but a lot of guys lives.


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

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