Military Projects-Part Two

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Project by DustyMark posted 10-11-2012 07:38 PM 1428 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed in 1995 and 2004. A military tradition is to give a retiring member a “shadow box” that contains items representing their years of service. Here is one I made for a retiring major.

The piece with the flight helmet was a going-away gift for one of the group commanders. It’s made of cherry scraps.

Recognition is a big part in the military. This board displayed the current top performers in an a large division. I made the sub-frames and cut the mat as well. Oh yeah, I made all the molding and did the inset panels in the formal living room in the background. The crown molding at the ceiling/wall line doesn’t show in this photo. I sprayed all of the molding in my basement with an HVLP sprayer. There’s still paint on my workbench 18 years later!

The gavel was a gift for a co-worker who was quite the hammer as a flight evaluator. It sounded just like they do in court! Cherry with a free-floating bit of maple in the center of the tray.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 12:25 AM

Nice job. Thank you for your service!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 12:43 AM

Thanks, I was proud to serve in the Air Force for over 22 years. My oldesr son did 4 years as a Marine. My younger son has a year in the Air Force so far.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 01:37 AM

Nicely done. I enjoyed 6 years in the Army and then another 10 in the Air Force. Man I wish that I had that much free time again :^)

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 01:48 AM

Nothing quite like government work…well, other than retirement!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#5 posted 10-12-2012 05:12 PM

Great pieces. I have been in the courtroom since 1973, and I am still waiting to hear a Judge use a gavel. I am going to retire soon, so there is still time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 10-12-2012 05:39 PM

That’s funny…I guess those are only use on TV then!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 02:56 PM

Thank you to you and your family for their service. Nice album of great wood working skills.

-- Tom

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