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Project by thelastdetailcww posted 06-28-2012 08:10 AM 2616 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These started out as a simple coin holders that quickly got out of hand :) Cherry flight deck, hull, and flight deck numbers are inlayed maple. Ebony saw dust with resin was used for the elevator lines. The flight deck opens for coin access.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 09:02 AM

Now that is cool. The USS Vinson she was our sister ship while stationed in Alameda. I was on the USS Enterprise CVN-65 back in 85-89. Would like to see the Regan and all the new design features. Did you come up with the plans your self? I would love to here more about this or see plans to make one for myself. Any info would be great!

Great work and welcome to Lumberjocks, you’ll love it here.

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

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 11:32 AM

Nice tribute to our great Navy! Beautiful work.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 11:48 AM

Nice work. Having helped build the originals, these look easier to handle.

-- Jim in Va

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 11:50 AM

pretty kool….i’m into WWII aircraft carriers. ive been tempted to make one myself, but i just have to many thing brewing right now. nice work. sheetzy

-- Sheetzy

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 12:47 PM

I just returned from deployment on Vinson. What a great idea, haven’t seen one like this before; just when I think I have seen everything someone comes up with something new. Great job, she looks great and even better..great idea!

Private me your address iso I can send you a CVW-17 coin to add the final touch….


-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 12:57 PM

Very nice, great job!! Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 06-28-2012 01:06 PM

Great job! I was on CVN 71 from 89-92.

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#8 posted 06-28-2012 02:02 PM

Nice work and tribute to the USN Carl Vinson I did a lot of work with her OHO. I got some great tours of her for my kids, we walked all over that ship.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 06-28-2012 03:05 PM

Those are amazing. I served on 4 Nimitz Class carriers.

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#10 posted 06-28-2012 03:09 PM

My dad flew off the Yorktown in the 1960s – I know he would be very impressed with this. A very special build.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#11 posted 06-28-2012 06:23 PM

That is one of the coolest coin cases I have ever seen!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#12 posted 06-28-2012 07:34 PM

I think I saw a ship like that once….. it was tageted in the cross hairs of our periscope….. :^)

Great job on the coin display… very original and well executed

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 06-29-2012 02:37 AM

Well done. Carry on.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 04:38 AM

To KEN90712 (condensed)
1-Googled and found old blue prints of a Nimitz class carrier . Made prints of side view and birds eye view.
2-Laid out on paper the required size for x amount of coins.
3-Had prints enlarged so that flight deck and hull would allow for coins to fit compensating for material thickness. 1/2 inch. Made hull to flow with grain wise from bow to stern. Bow miter is tricky and interesting. Pictures will help and will send/post if interested.
4-Made a blank of the flight deck with elevator/launch/recovery lines. This also became my template for future carriers. Used 1-8th and 1/16th (elevator) router bits for lines.
5-Before gluing up the stock for the flight deck I resawed the area for the hull numbers to 1/8 and attached a piece of maple the same thickness. I taped the edges together for easy removal. Made a started hole at an angel on inside corners of numbers, set scrollsaw table at 2 degrees and went to town with a #2 28 tpi scrollsaw blade. Once cut, the bottom number will slide into place of top numbers. You will have to play with the angle for your scrollsaw. You will also need to cut out or glue around a blank of coin viewing area. Rabbet piece for glass.
6-used the image of the island for actual measurements and cuts/set up.
Just completed CVN-73 recently. Hope this condensed version helps.

-- Ken

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#15 posted 07-06-2012 08:32 AM

Thx Ken goo info on your build. Very cleaver. Look fwd to seing more of them.

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

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