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Naval Officer's Insignia Box

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Project by AndyPitts posted 06-16-2015 01:45 PM 1351 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During my career in the US Navy, I kept all my insignia (and there are lots of that) in zip lock bags, adrift in drawers, etc. Then, 12 years after I retired a friend suggested I design this box. It seemed a perfect match for the ShopBot Desktop CNC machine, and since then I’ve made around 20 boxes on commission. Seems to be a popular piece, and I only wish I had one of these when I was on active duty!

Naval Officer Insignia Box
Walnut with Brass Hardware
Lacquer Finish

12”W x 10”D x 3” H

The box contains two compartments to securely hold the various insignia and medals required of the uniform. The top is carved with the insignia of the officer’s specialty, the inside lid is carved with the officer’s name (and rank if desired) and branch of service, and the compartments are individually labeled for the various insignia devices. View options here.

Here’s a video of making the box:


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-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 01:48 PM

Wow, Andy. You really make some beautiful things.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 05:26 PM

Thanks Charles.

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 06:29 PM

An extremely well thought out and beautifully crafted mementos box. Well done Andy. You might consider adding to the underside of the lid a list of duty stations – just a thought. Thanks for the eye candy.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 08:46 PM



An extremely well thought out and beautifully crafted mementos box. Well done Andy. You might consider adding to the underside of the lid a list of duty stations – just a thought. Thanks for the eye candy.

- Northwest29

Thanks Ron. Actually, I do make the effort to do some customization when the customer wants it, but I’ve found that the majority of boxes are ordered by parents for a newly commissioned officer … with no duty station history.

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 09:11 PM

The wive’s clubs will be calling for retirement gifts soon! Nicely done. BZ!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#6 posted 06-16-2015 09:16 PM

Yes, Max, I do get some retirement orders, and when I respond to an order (they are ordered right off my website) and send a rendering jpg, sometimes I’m asked to do something a bit different. If I can, I do. You only get to retire from the USN once, right?

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#7 posted 06-16-2015 11:43 PM

Beautiful insignia box! What a special way to honor the service of an officer!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 06-17-2015 01:15 AM

Hi Andy, beautiful box. What type of hinges did you used?
Regards

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#9 posted 06-17-2015 02:57 AM

Hi Andy,
A very nice box and a great idea.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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ruddy

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#10 posted 06-17-2015 02:59 AM

Hi Andy,
A very nice box and a great idea. Thanks for posting.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#11 posted 06-17-2015 08:15 PM

Thanks Dean, Boris, and Rudy.


Hi Andy, beautiful box. What type of hinges did you used?
Regards

- Boris

The hinges are solid brass Brusso JB102 95 degree stop hinges for boxes. They are 1-1/4” long and 5/16” wide on a leaf. I get them at Lee Valley.

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia, http://www.AndrewPittsFurnitureMaker.com, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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