Blasting Machine, humidor and decanter

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Project by Mikesawdust posted 08-02-2012 07:11 PM 2821 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was auctioned off last year for charity, I offered to build the winning bidder something but left open just what it might be. I finally finished it and will auction another build tomorow (god knows what the next one will be). I wanted this one to be a center piece when the unit got together to toast absent friends and reminis about their victories and heartbreaks doing a very dangerous job.
This one is a humidor in the top, lined in Spanish cedar. The lower part holds a crystal decanter with the units logo and the doors hold 24 small glasses with EOD badges engraved in each. Behind the decanter is a carving of the EOD memorial and the inside of the humidor lid has a carved EOD badge. The case is european walnut. The shelves are rosewood with Black walnut rails pinned on with brass rod. The blasting handle is made from the handle of a Cricket bat because the unit is in the UK.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 07:56 PM

That is spectacular. Really well done. Is this your design or did you design it?

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#2 posted 08-03-2012 03:41 AM

Nice work recreating the detonator box. Reminds me of Wiley Coyote . . .

Okay, I’ll bite. What’s EOD? Maybe another acronym for the glossary (

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 05:10 PM

Nice build. I like the idea,

Don: E.O.D. – Explosive Ordnance Removal, some of the Navy’ bravest.

A salute to all service men and woman. THANK YOU!

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 08-10-2012 11:10 PM

wunderaa, thanks, yes I designed it. I was going to try to stay closer to the original blasting machine, but with the doors and top opening I was worried that I would have trouble trying to do box or dovetail joints. Maybe next time. The size was rather random based on the size of material I could pull out of one huge board. All the walnut was resawn and book matched, then I just had to see what I could make with the pieces. The rails were an addon because I needed a set of glasses for a full EOD Unit and twenty four seemed a minimum. After I measred the shelves, I realized they were to small for 3 glasses side by side. I moved the center glasses forward and had to add the rail to support the center glass. It took a lot of thought to design the rail into something I could repeat (unlike many woodworkers on this site, I’m really bad at freehanding repeatable Items). I’m happy with the final project but in hind sight I could have done the rails much easier than the process I used, and probably more consistently.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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