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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-14-2014 08:55 PM 809 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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robscastle

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#1 posted 06-14-2014 09:04 PM

Bob,
Great job, I know if it was I, I would love it too!
From the grain in the picures it looks like the octagonal base has been made from one piece of timber?
Is that correct?

-- Regards Robert

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KnotCurser

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#2 posted 06-14-2014 09:28 PM

Robert,

The top piece and the bottom piece are actually cut from the same, single piece of maple – I resawed and bookmatched them.

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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shopdog

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#3 posted 06-14-2014 10:20 PM

Perfect.
Great gift

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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Roger

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 11:46 PM

Fantastic bob! Thank God he’s back on his home soil.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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cajunpen

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 02:45 AM

Great looking box – your friend should be very pleased with it. I really like the design and shape of the box.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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SPalm

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#6 posted 06-15-2014 12:43 PM

Good job Bob.
That design is pretty cool.
Yay to be back home.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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scrollingmom

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 12:16 AM

Great looking box Bob. I’m sure that is something that he will love, especially with his crest on the lid. Nice idea.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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