Memorial Challenge Coin Holder

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Project by mspain77 posted 12-12-2017 06:58 PM 843 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned by a woman in Chicago to build a challenge coin holder of the same design that she had seen on my website. This was going to be a Christmas present for her veteran husband who was struggling with the recent loss of his father, also a veteran. The client conferred with her brother-in-law and decided that for her husband to be able to display his dad’s challenge coins would be something that he’d really enjoy, and possibly help him to cope to some degree.
Obviously, the credentials engraved on the front are those of the late father. He was a retired officer of the California Highway Patrol after serving his country in the world’s best Navy.
I made this from a 8/4 cherry board that I had lying around with a little bit of sapwood. I incorporated the sapwood because the board was only 6.5” wide and I needed every bit of that. I finished with a couple coats of amber shellac from my HVLP gun and topcoated it with Deft lacquer. I had to brand my logo on the back before finishing too. Of course a screwed in some clear rubber non-skid feet on the bottom because, well, details matter.
Any questions or comments are welcome. Thanks for stopping by to check it out.

-- It's a BEAUTIFUL day to cut some wood & build something!

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 08:44 PM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 12-13-2017 11:43 PM

A very interesting project, I understood the inscription and associated service commitments.
What I had no idea of was just what a challenge coin was.
So after looking it up (and checking out your previous work) I became a little more educated. (I think)

Now looking at the picture showing the 1 coin it appears you could fit 8 to 10 on each row.
As three rows, so for simplicity say 24 to 25 challenge coins.

Now the question:-
Q1 How does one manage to get 25 challenge coins?

Nice work
Like the dust mask too!
Couldnt see anything on your website just the home page.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-14-2017 03:22 AM


First I’ll address what you said about my website. I haven’t heard of anybody else having any issues accessing it whatsoever, however if you were viewing it from a smart phone, the interface will look different. From a laptop you would see the rollover buttons at the top of the screen for each of the five pages. From a phone, you would have to press the small horizontal lines in the upper right corner, which are the pull down page menu. Please try that and let me know.
As far as getting the coins, they originated in the military and are know popular with first responders as well. The one that I have and show in most photos I got as a gift from my RTO during my Police Academy graduation dinner. Most people collect them throughout their military careers. They are often made to commemorate a milestone such as promotion in rank, retirement, crossing the equator on cruise for the first time, etc.
They come in various shapes and sizes these days, but the coin holder you see here will hold roughly 40 coins. The top tier has a groove as well so there are actually four rows.
I hope I answered all of your questions. If you have an Instagram account you will see most of the behind the scenes stuff. I’m most active on there. My Instagram feed is mikespainwoodworks
Thanks for your interest, compliments and feedback…I appreciate all of it.

-- It's a BEAUTIFUL day to cut some wood & build something!

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#4 posted 12-14-2017 09:39 AM

I must have enhailed too muchglue and sawdust earlier, ithe website works fine now.

Definately driver error.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 11-05-2018 10:05 PM

Absolutely love the design of these displays, Mike. You are certainly helping me generate some ideas and inspiration…for that I appreciate you and your craft very much. Thanks!

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