|Project by KnotCurser||posted 06-14-2014 08:55 PM||1280 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
One of our best friends returned home from Afghanistan this weekend. His Sister asked me to create a gift for him – she told me he loved wooden boxes and trusted me to create something special.
This is what I came up with – an octagonal box using curly maple as the bottom and top and redwood for the sides. The box was mostly cut using the scrollsaw and sanded smooth with a orbital sander.
The top swings on a hidden steel post and secures with the help of two embedded rare earth magnets.
I used my CNC Router to carve his Regiment’s crest into the lid – he served with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in both Germany and Afghanistan. Pic 6 is a detailed image of the crest.
While this was created over two months ago, I had to wait to post this because Kent does look at my woodworking from time to time. I was just shown a Facebook photo of him with his gift so I know it’s now “safe to post”. :-)
Opposing tips measure 7 inches across. Finish consisted of quite a few coats of clear shellac. I applied some felt pads to the bottom to ensure it wouldn’t wobble in the future.
Oh yeah – he loved his gift!
Welcome home, Kent!
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