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Project by MLK posted 07-11-2009 12:02 AM 5044 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s son has been in US Army for over 20 years. During that time he has been awarded over 300 military coins from varies commands and deployments, but had no way of displaying them. When he was deployed to Iraq I told him I would design and build him a display case for his coins, this project is the result of that promise.

The lower cabinet is made from Oak and Oak Plywood just a standard base cabinet, except for the top. The top is made from ¾ pine and supported by 1×2 Fir cross members, this is to support the weight of the upper cabinet and coins. The upper cabinet is also made from Oak and Oak plywood and is 4 separate cabinets, two larger ones and two smaller ones each cabinet has 9 shelf’s and each shelf will hold 10 coins depending on there size. The upper cabinet has a total of 36 shelves that are made from pine. The back supports are cut at 15deg angle; the base also has a 15 deg 7/16 wide dado for the coins to sit in. The 4 cabinets when assembled together left an open center to accommodate a heavy duty lazy Suzan that permits the top to rotate 360 deg..

This project took over a year to design and build and was shipped to Fort Knox KY.

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 02:34 AM

Wow! Great build, wonderful design. Tell your son, thank you for your service to our country. Looks like this cabinet will display the coins nicely. If you can it would be nice to see a picture of the case with the coins in it.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 02:44 AM

Very nice plus what Mike said.

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 06:29 PM

Nice display cabinet. Nice finish also.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 07-12-2009 03:48 AM

Great work for an awesome reason. Those coins mean a lot to service members! This is a true gift. Thanks for supporting a soldier. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 07-12-2009 05:16 PM

I recently separated from the USN, and I know the coin display issues people have. This is a cadillac. I have never seen anybody else with something like this…..even General/Admirals, etc.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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