mahogany helmet case with carving and glass etchings

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Project by lawrence posted 778 days ago 1545 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by an outbound buddy to make a helmet case for him. He didn’t like the standard “made in China” ones that we’ve been getting for folks’ going away gifts and asked if I could make something a little more personalized. To fit into his budget, I had to be able to make it in about 10 hours, and I just about nailed it (officially in my project journal I have 10.75 hours in this job) The wood (mahogany) was free as it was part of a large “freecycle” lot that I got a while back.

I stained the mahogany with gel stain and then sprayed it with lacquer before assembly. The glass is in grooves and is held in place with silicone adhesive. The top and bottom of the glass enclosure are mitered and pinned to the rails. The bottom portion was personalized with my Carvewright. After carving, I sprayed the carvings with black ink, then planed them off to leave the black in the background. I then stained and lacquered the base. I cut the vinyl resist for the etching with my silhouette CNC paper cutter and etched the glass using 150 grit aluminum oxide and a $50 harbor freight pressure pot sprayer.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with the outcome and hope he will be too.

Thanks for looking, and as always- your encouragement or constructive critiques are always appreciated

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#1 posted 778 days ago

Very nice looking piece. Like the way you did the bottom, personalized part.

-- Ben from IL

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#2 posted 778 days ago

What a cool and great job! You nailed it!!!!

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

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#3 posted 778 days ago

It has class

Looks really good


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 778 days ago

Most excellent work Lawrence, and under 11 hours?

That’s crazy cool, good job. A favorite for sure, thanks for posting.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 778 days ago

Hi Lawrence;

Excellent job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 778 days ago

Wow this is very cool,I like the case and great etchings too.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 778 days ago

Great job, and a special thanks for those who serve and served to keep the USA free on this the Fourth of July!!!!!

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#8 posted 778 days ago

Well, you certainly did an excellent job of making it look like a NOT made in China case. Great job! Where the vertical corner posts meet the top frame – how are they joined together?


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 778 days ago

Thanks all, I really appreciate the support.

Ron, the top and bottom “frames” are mitered pieces like 2 picture frames (no glass in the bottom piece) The glass is held in grooves in the frame/rails with silicone adhesive. Additionally, I drilled pilot holes into the rails through the top and bottom frames and pounded in (gently) pegs (toothpicks) dipped in epoxy.

Thanks again all, this was a fun project.


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#10 posted 777 days ago

Very nice. Going to have to send link to my big brother. Retired off of AC130’s but is back at it again.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#11 posted 777 days ago

CONGRATULATION for DT3. Very nice case.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#12 posted 775 days ago

Everything about this case is impressive from the carving, to the echting and especially that you were able to complete it in less than 11 hours.

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