Memorial project for a friend

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Project by blmac4 posted 08-14-2007 05:13 AM 1797 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is some pens and boxes that I made for a friend of ours. His Father passed away last year and was a WWII veteran. I used some of the shell casings from the gun salute. His Father was a native Texan so I wanted to use a wood native to Texas, mesquite, and I inlayed a Texar star concho in the lid.

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#1 posted 08-14-2007 05:17 AM

quite nice, I’m sure he loves them!

-- Paul, Texas

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#2 posted 08-14-2007 05:35 AM

How did you:
Adapt the kit to the shell casing?
Get the inscription on the pen (silk-screened?)?

And it looks like you applied a wood inlay over the hinge leaves. I also like that the pen plough has the relieved area for finger access. Pretty amazing work there!
Great job!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 08-14-2007 05:40 AM

nice work ,,, came out beautiful

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 08-14-2007 06:05 AM

Very nice. Is the wood laser inscribed? Looks like it has depth.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 08-14-2007 12:59 PM

brought tears to my eyes …. what a wonderful honour

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-14-2007 03:13 PM

great tribute. The inlay is a nice touch.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 08-14-2007 04:02 PM

Excellent tribute and workmanship!

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#8 posted 08-14-2007 04:15 PM

Thanks for the comments, they are greatly appreciated. The inscription on the pen was laser engraved and I did cover the hinges with a piece of mesquite. To make the pen, I drilled out the primer with a 5/16th bit. Then I insert a size 2018 bow and arrow shaft into the casing. It just fits in the drilled hole and is a good tight fit in the tip of the casing. Then you insert the brass sleeve from a slimline pen kit into the arrow shaft. From there you put it together like a regular pen.


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#9 posted 08-14-2007 05:03 PM

Have to assume that the casings are M1 Garand .30 cal…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 08-15-2007 12:35 AM

Nice personalized gift with great craftsmanship!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 08-15-2007 02:33 AM

A fitting tribute too be sure, we need all remember those that have defended us!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#12 posted 08-15-2007 02:46 AM

Great tribute and a very nice project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#13 posted 08-15-2007 07:49 AM

Very original and fitting.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 08-23-2007 08:57 PM

Very nice. I like these.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#15 posted 09-12-2007 06:13 AM

A great tribute and great pen. Thanks for posting this!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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