Air Force coin boxes

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 03-26-2016 12:38 PM 1312 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a pair of boxes I was asked to make for a co worker whose Daughter had recently joined the Air Force. She has began to receive her first challenge coins and wanted a safe place to keep them. The co worker requested names on the lid and the Air Force logo. The names were easy, the logo was a little tricky. I made a guide for my dremel with a router attachment for all the straight lines. All carving was done with the dremel router, I used rabbets for the build forming a full box then cutting off the lid. Made from 1/2 inch poplar and stained with red oak stain, 3 coats of gloss polyurethane. Box and tray lined with blue felt. Inside coated with danish oil. I have really come to like using this.

Actually, I had to make three boxes to get two nice ones. More about that on my next project post. A good story.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 12:44 PM

Nice job on them boxes. I like danish oil too I just recently started making my own, Its easy to do and you can mix it however you want. I add a little tung oil to mine.

-- Andy Smith

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 12:51 PM

You filled the request very nicely with this pair of good looking boxes and I think the BOX BUG got you .
Be careful box making is very addictive but also very enjoyable .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 12:57 PM

Job well done Jeff The blue felt gives the boxes a really nice look!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 03-26-2016 01:09 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I really appreciate them. Andy, I bought some danish oil just to try it and I really like the way it enhances the grain.Kiefer, Oh yes, I have really been bit by the “box bug”. Out of all the projects I do, I have more fun building boxes then anything. Tony, The felt was also her request. Air Force blue. Thanks for looking everyone!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 03-26-2016 01:38 PM

Turned out nice Jeff. I ‘m not one for dark stain but it looks good with the blue felt. Great job on the carvings.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 03-26-2016 02:46 PM

Jeff, this is a great project. It looks well thought out, and displays the coins very nicely. Great carving job. In the days of laser art, it is nice to see such quality hand work. Just for what it is worth, this is how I combine oil, poly, and wax finishing on a box. Looks like you have mastered the art of making boxes. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 03-26-2016 03:03 PM

Beautiful work. Awesome job carving. Maybe you can post pics of that next time.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 03-26-2016 04:17 PM

These are all very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-26-2016 04:44 PM

I am sure all good woodworkers have had their share of building an additional item or part because the first one didn’t turn out like it was originally intended or up to the standards they are willing to put their name on. I’m sure your co-worker appreciated the extra effort. Looks like it was worth it. These turned out great. Nice job.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#10 posted 03-26-2016 04:46 PM

Great craftsmanship on the boxes Jeff.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 03-26-2016 05:59 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone! Al, I learned a lot of my box building from your tutorials. Thanks. Vicki and Tim, I should post my next box in a day or so. It started out like these but don’t look like these now. And a fun story! Charles and Lee. Thanks for the compliments. I really appreciate them.

Thanks all for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 03-27-2016 05:02 AM

Jeff, thanks for the nice “shout out.” Congratulations on a well earned “Top Three.” Looking forward to your next post.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 03-27-2016 11:04 AM

Very nice work. I like how you kept the interiors unstained; gives the boxes a sort of “brightness” when you open them.

Although I never served, I spent my working life in a military office environment, and I can tell you that if your friend’s daughter’s career takes off, she’s going to need a lot more of those boxes! I couldn’t believe the quantities of those coins that some officers hauled around from place to place.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#14 posted 03-30-2016 10:28 AM

Very nice boxes, Jeff. The engraving on the top is so crisp (the second picture really shows it off)! Sure to be treasured even after they’ve been outgrown for the challenge coin collection! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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