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Project by Blake posted 12-23-2011 07:19 AM 4676 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago my best friend won a series of awards from the army. The coins were the first awards in the series, followed by the knife and the Colt 1911 pistol engraved “NCO of the Year” by the army. He had asked me to build a display case for them and I finally got around to it.

The frame is built out of Padauk with inlayed banding. The items are “french fit” into a multiple-layered bed of 1/4” plywood sheets with the shapes cut out on a scroll saw. It is lined with stretched blue felt.

The frame is reinforced with hardwood splines and steel miter nails in several layers. The “glass” front is actually ‘unbreakable’ Lexan set into construction adhesive. The back is screwed into place with 12 stainless screws. A security cable is attached to the back and can be bolted to the wall. These all make for a “medium security” case. In other words, it is made to seriously slow someone down who might think of taking it off the wall. The recipient also has a home security system (and no children yet).

There is a desiccant tin built into the middle of the box to control moisture and prevent the pistol from rusting. Several “channels” run different directions in various layers of the plywood sheets to aid in air movement to the desiccant. The middle of the desiccant turns green when it is saturated and only needs to be baked in the oven to re-activate it. I included a plastic “window” in the back of the case so you can see when the desiccant changes color without opening the case (you can see the small round widow in the last photo).

Did I leave anything out? Oh yea, I am also including the appropriately sized lag bolt and stainless washer which the security cable attaches to and also the case will hang from.

He is out of state, and since I can’t send it to him in the mail (because of the gun) he will have to wait until he is in town to collect it. So these photos are his Christmas present.

Merry Christmas, Dave.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com





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lanwater

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 07:27 AM

The is a very nice display case. the inlay banding complements the padauck very nicely.

All the security measure will definitely slow down any Thief.
What impresses me is the moisture controll system.

Merry christmas!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 07:47 AM

That’s a GREAT looking display case Blake. Well done!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 08:15 AM

Nice work blake.

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#4 posted 12-23-2011 10:38 AM

Blake what a cool story and great display case. Nice work, I always love looking at paduak. Hope you and your family have a great Christmas.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Rick

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 11:44 AM

VERY NICE WORK Blake!! I’m sure your friend will be pleased!!

-- Deodorant is like Common Sense. Those who need it the most, never use it.

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 03:00 PM

Handsome top notch work Blake… Brother you never fall short of perfection. Very cool project!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 12-23-2011 03:35 PM

Beautifully done and with a unique design.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 12-23-2011 05:29 PM

i really like this case, great workmanship

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#9 posted 12-23-2011 05:36 PM

Very nice work.

As a retired NCO I am aware of the significance of the NCO of the Year honor and this display is a fitting way to exhibit the tokens of that honor. I salute your friend.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#10 posted 12-23-2011 08:26 PM

This is a very well thought out project! Good Job!

-- Robert, Mississippi, http://www.lunberjocks.com

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#11 posted 12-24-2011 01:43 AM

Nice job Blake!

-- Dale, Ohio

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#12 posted 12-24-2011 07:15 AM

That is some project and very nicely done, thanks for showing the assembly

-- Norman

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#13 posted 12-24-2011 06:31 PM

That is a very nice display case. It would appear that you thought of everything when designing it. Your a good friend.

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

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#14 posted 12-24-2011 09:37 PM

Excellent work and support for a fine Soldier! Give him our best when he collects his treasure.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#15 posted 12-26-2011 06:40 AM

a very nice display box Blake

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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