|Project by Bodenhafer||posted 06-15-2014 06:26 PM||1946 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I made the first one of these for a buddy of mine who is currently on the SEAL Teams. I am currently working on the second one for a friend of his.
Baltic birch was used for the frame which was constructed using box joints. The backing is an 1/8th inch hardboard which provides more stability as well os buttoning up the box. Living in the SOCAL area, we have access to gift shops and the like to get a coin from each of the SEAL Teams. We decided I would put all East Coast Teams on the inside of the right door and West Coast Teams on the left. They are invalided using a forstner bit for perfect hole size and a little construction adhesive behind it to make sure that as the wood expands and contracts they don’t drop out.
For the left door, a little chalkboard paint and vinyl (my wife uses the silhouette vinyl cutter) makes a great cricket scoreboard. On the right door, my buddy wanted little shelves for chalk and sets of darts.
The doors are made of red oak cut to size and I used a combination of 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 inch straight bits to hand route the “Budweiser” into the front of the doors. I use a cheap-o projector to put the image where I want it on the piece, trace it out with a pencil, touch everything up, and then freehand with my router the design (touching it up as a go along since I realized a long time ago that pencil drawings look very different then carvings, so it always takes a little imagination as you go). Oh, and I routed the handles and cut them to size before mounting silver Tridents (Budweiser) on the front.