Keepsake box / Going away gift

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Project by Ben Dittenbir posted 11-04-2012 03:58 PM 1318 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project back in August. My MSgt (boss) will be leaving us in December and I wanted to ensure he had something from his Marines, so I started working on this for him. I had countless ideas of how I wanted this to be completed but those changed at every step along the way but the end result turned out better than imagined. It is not “100” percent done. I still have a black brass plate that I will be having engraved and will go on the front side under his name (this will happen closer to his departure). I also will be adding a chain to hold the lid with opened.

It is made out of red oak. The name and SOI portion I did by hand and router. The sides I had done by Chris at blue world in Oceanside, CA with his laser engraver.

It has a ton of flaws, due to inexperience and lack of tools but in the end I feel like they are hardly noticeable unless your looking for them and overall I feel like the box turned out amazing and I am very happy about it.

-- Ben - California

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 04:24 PM

Really nice build

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 04:37 PM

marines don’t have flaws
they have strength of character

great build
and a thoughtful remembrance

thank you all for our freedoms !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 04:51 PM

Thank you gentleman

-- Ben - California

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 02:47 PM

Well done, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 07-17-2017 05:29 PM

This is a very attractive box. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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