Navy F-18 and Aircraft Carrier Challenge Coin Holder

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 10-21-2011 04:13 AM 12940 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I couldn’t decide when one to go with, the aircraft or the aircraft carrier, so decided to do both. I spent more time getting the patterns made out of 1/4” MDF than I did actually cutting the real pieces out. I am a huge fan of the spiral pattern bits….the are so much easier to work with than that the standard spade-type pattern bits.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 04:42 AM

I use a DeWalt biscuit jointer for some of mine.
It let’s me cut a slanted slot.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 05:45 AM

Very nice. What kind of wood did you use?

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

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 07:28 AM

Al that is just amazing. I like how you incorporated the jet with the carrier.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 06:11 PM

Honestly I can remember if I used Sapale or Mahogany on this one. I just rubbed oil on for the finish becuase of the grain.


-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 07:20 PM

Al, that is very cool!!!!!!!!!!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 03:53 AM

I’m just curious-

I’d never heard of coins of any sort until I did some contract work for the Air Force starting in 2001. I served in the US Navy in the early ‘70s. This must be relatively new, right…or is it a Air Force thing?

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 02:25 AM

As a SW/AW qualified Navy Chief, I love this piece of work and I’d like to know how I can order one for myself!

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 11:17 AM

Al that is very creative and it looks great. I can only imagine how many pieces of MDF you went through to get it just right. CDR PATCH

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#9 posted 07-12-2012 11:53 AM

I love this! I would love to purchase this for my husband! My husband is Active duty Master Chief, and this would be a great way to display the coins he has collected/been given over the years.

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#10 posted 07-12-2012 01:03 PM

Al, I can not figure out how to send you an email on this site. I hope you are willing to sell one? I am interested in this F18 coin holder. The workmanship is beautiful. This would make an amazing gift for my husband. Currently we are stationed at Oceana.

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#11 posted 07-12-2012 02:27 PM

Navywife….I’m at Oceana too…..if your husband is on the flight line….we most likely know each other..ha. My email is….or give me a call at 348-6987.


-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#12 posted 09-10-2012 12:02 AM

Are you selling these? My husband is an EMC on the Lincoln and would LOVE one of these!

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#13 posted 11-18-2013 05:16 AM

how do i go by getting one of this?

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#14 posted 11-18-2013 11:07 PM

Sending you a PM.


-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#15 posted 07-12-2014 04:10 AM

are these available to order/purchase?

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