Marine Corps Box

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Project by christopheralan posted 1313 days ago 1895 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Solid 3/4” oak, handcut through dovetails, purple heart splines. Solid 1/2” oak tray with mitered purple heart splines, lined with rigid foam and felt. Spray lacquer finish. Solid brass hardware. Walnut coin display. There are sixteen total images burned by hand. Some of the pictures were provided by the customer during the recipient’s deployment to Iraq. Other pictures were picked by me for nostalgia and design. This is my most ambitious and complex project to date. This commission took over 50 hours to complete.

-- christopheralan

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#1 posted 1313 days ago

Excellent Job, Christopher, really Well Done… The customer is going to be well-pleased!!
Hope You and Yours are having a Great Christmas Day, my Friend…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 1313 days ago

Very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 1313 days ago

A marvelous piece. A box I’m sure a Marine will be proud to call his/her own.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#4 posted 1313 days ago

Great work! Hats off to all the men and women in uniform, present and past. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 1313 days ago

That’s really nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 1313 days ago

Uh rah!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 1313 days ago

Very nice job on the woodworking and an excellent touch with the burned images.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#8 posted 1313 days ago

you must have such a steady hand for wood burning those images. Nice

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 1312 days ago

Excellent piece that has been beautifully done. Very impressive. I am sure the person that recieves it will be very proud to have it. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 1311 days ago

Unique box that really stands out from the rest. Outstanding artwork on a beautiful box… well done Christopher.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 1304 days ago


that is badass. Love it. Can’t wait to see more.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#12 posted 1291 days ago

Nice work, Beautiful job.

-- Doris Oakwood Ga

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#13 posted 1172 days ago

Chris, I love those HAND-CUT dovetails. They look tight and so does the box.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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