|Project by wannabe12||posted 10-28-2010 03:54 AM||2705 views||11 times favorited||21 comments|
This is my first woodworking project. I have always loved wood and I finally decided (at age 54) to go ahead & start buying tools to get started woodworking. When we learned earlier this year that Dad had been diagnosed with cancer, I wanted to start with something for him. He was a WWII veteran, a chaplain’s assistant in the war, and after the war, a pastor.
My wife and I had bought him a cheap shadow box to put his WWII campaign ribbons in. I decided to make him a nice display case (I used walnut) for his dog tags, campaign ribbons, Army photo, etc. I hoped to have it finished in time for his 90th birthday on April 19, 2010. I finished it the night before & presented it to him on his birthday. We thought he was going to hang it on the wall, but he wanted to put it on a table in his living room instead. I made a small podium (also walnut), to honor his life as a pastor, for it to sit on & was able to give it to him for Father’s Day , June 20. Dad passed away on June 29 and was laid to rest on July 2, 2010 which would have been his and Mom’s 60th wedding anniversary. My uncle (his brother) had just passed away in May & was also a WWII veteran. My other uncle (my dad’s sister’s husband) is also a WWII vet. I have just started on another display for him (this one will be oak and sit on top of a Craftsman style bookstand) & have some other ideas for projects after that.
-- Robbie, Laurinburg, North Carolina