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Project by Grumpy posted 12-27-2017 12:46 AM 1176 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these medals boxes for our two sons for Christmas.
Both our fathers were in WWII.
Maureen’s father, Queens Royal Regiment was captured at Dunkirk & spent 5 years imprisoned by the Germans.
My father, Australian Army Service Corps, served in the middle East. Both survived to a good age.
The boxes are made from one piece of Australian cedar.
There is no joinery, except where the lids are hinged to the bases.
All the recesses were routered out using my router jig;
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/311506
The images on the outside of the lids were engraved using my new laser burner.
The circular inlay was made using my home made milling machine.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/322457
The medals are duplicates.
Several coats of wipe on poly, too many to remember.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python





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jeffswildwood

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#1 posted 12-27-2017 01:26 AM

Grumpy, these are really nice! Great way to pass down family history.

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

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Grumpy

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 01:33 AM

Thanks Jeff, I think they were a bit surprised.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 12-27-2017 01:50 AM

That is quite nice! I’ll bet they loved them.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 12-27-2017 02:02 AM



Grumpy, these are really nice! Great way to pass down family history.

- jeffswildwood


I think that was said as well as anyone can!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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rtbrmb

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#5 posted 12-27-2017 02:04 AM

Both fathers served in WWII- the greatest generation and direct family history, incredible.

Your gifts are helping keep their sacrifice/accomplishments alive for generations to come-excellent.

Thank you so much for sharing these awesome projects.

Bill in MI

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 12-27-2017 02:11 AM

Yes Steven, I believe they did.
thanks Ralbuck.
Nicely said Bill, thanks.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 12-27-2017 02:17 AM

Very nice looking boxes Grumpy and a great way to remember their sacrifices. Thank you for sharing this story!

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

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 12-27-2017 02:41 AM

Well done on the boxes Tony. Your engraving looks good and the one piece of cedar makes it special. Nice for you to keep the family history living on.

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

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#9 posted 12-27-2017 02:42 AM

I like your boxes very much buddy, they give justice to them contents !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#10 posted 12-27-2017 02:42 AM

a beautiful way too honor 2 great serviceman.there contribution cannot be lost and forgotten and this will help insure that legacy will live on forever hopefully.you gave them a true gift from the heart grumpy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 12-27-2017 04:15 AM

Great Looking boxes Grumpy, a excellent way to keep the memories from being forgotten.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 12-27-2017 06:05 AM

Very nicely and respectfully done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 12-27-2017 06:39 AM

Many thanks for your heartfelt comments Tony, Dave, Stelio, Potts, Bob & John. They are much appreciated.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 12-27-2017 07:13 AM

Beautiful work there Grumpy.
Excellent way to pass on some very important family history, and the way in which you did it gives it the respect and honor this type of thing deserves.
Well done my friend.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#15 posted 12-27-2017 07:35 AM

What a great box to keep those precious things! Nice wood and hardware too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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