Thin Blue Line Retirement Gift

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Project by RenditionJake posted 11-09-2015 01:30 PM 1029 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my first real woodworking projects of late that has got me motivated to do more. I built this on the fly and shooting from the hip for a well respected member of my Squadron who was moving onto bigger and better things. I built it because he deserved something more than just bought off the shelf, but as I built it, I couldn’t help but truly enjoy the whole process of design, build, and finnish. Once I was done, I was proud of the end result, but disappointed that it was done before I knew it even started…

What makes it just a little more special is the that its fully reversible, front to back, and can be hung on the wall, displayed on a desk/table, or a shelf. It also has a built-in challenge coin rack along the bottom and a hidden concealment area with plucker-foam behind the stars which are spent shell casings from the same caliber has his duty weapon. I had a spare piece of wood after completing the box, so I made a simple but efficient matching challenge coin holder. These pictures were taken before I went back and touched up the paint in a few areas. Rough size is 15”x24”.

I plan to expand on this project in the future with stains vs paint. But, I will say the flat paint for some reason looked really nice on it. Looking forward to tapping into everyones collective knowledge here. THANKS!

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#1 posted 11-09-2015 04:04 PM

Great retirement gift!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 12:36 AM

Well done, sir!

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 01:12 PM

Nice job

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 01:17 PM

Jake, this makes a very nice retirement gift and nicely done. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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