Footlocker for Retired Marine

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Project by Chris Speights posted 08-26-2012 06:19 PM 8033 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a couple of boxes in my garage and this guy from down the street stopped by. Turns out he’s retired from the USMC. He asked me if he could have one of the boxes because on Sundays he goes to church and polishes shoes for people and wanted something to carry all of his shoe shining equipment in. I told him to give me a couple days and I would come up with something better. So, I did this miniature footlocker for him. It’s made of 1/2” oak plywood. The small trays are 1/4” cherry (hated painting it, but was only 1/4” stock I had on hand). He was pleased.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 07:02 PM

thanks for helping out a military man.

-- It is all in your perspective.

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 07:29 PM

You and your new USMC friend are part of what’s good about this great land. Said another way, I appreciate your appreciation.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#3 posted 08-26-2012 08:34 PM


That was nice thinking

The Cherry was put to great use.

How small is it?


-- 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 08-27-2012 12:37 AM

Thank you for helping a retired military man – our heart is bigger than you know!

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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Chris Speights

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 04:54 PM

Thank you all for your warm comments. It’s not often we get to thank those that serve, at least not with anything tangible, so I felt honored to do it.

The box measured about 24” L x 14” W x 14” H. That may not be exact, but best I can remember.

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#6 posted 04-02-2014 04:39 AM

I enjoyed seeing the list of things you’ve built!
I am trying to get a list of projects that I can post under my profile.
I’ve been searching for plans to build a Footlocker but it seems like every time i think i’ve found a page that will have plans or ‘blueprints’, it always turns out they want you to buy the actual footlocker..
I’m looking to build One similar to the one I had in Boot Camp and then customize it with some wood burning and/or wood carving Ideas i have in my head..
Just need to be pointed to somewhere that I can download plans for building the footlocker.
If you or anyone else could help me out I’d greatly appreciate it.

-- Ace-USMC,Baldwin michigan

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