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Coin Rack - Down to the Wire

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Project by brentmore posted 01-04-2013 07:12 AM 1293 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1204: Friend reminds me that one of our colleagues is being farewelled at a dinner this evening and he has no going-away gift

1205: I mentally scan my catalogue of lumber and scraps in the garage for some ideas

1215: I head out to my car to head home to work on the project

1216: I turn around in the parking lot when I remember that I have a ceremony rehearsal at 1330

1330: Ceremony rehearsal – I breeze though as quickly as I can

1402: Rehearsal over – I beeline to my car and head home

1431: I pull into my driveway, tires are smoking

1441: Program code for CNC cut, machine starts routing

1453: I grab a square of curly maple and make the first cut

1512: Endpiece cut too short, I cry out in anguish

1517: I finally locate a suitable substitute, make the right cut

1632: All cuts complete – I test fit and sand workpiece

1702: Glue dries

1703: I empty the last bit of Watco Danish Oil on the workpiece, head upstairs to change

1707: Return to garage, realize I’m not wearing pants, head back upstairs

1710: Return to garage, place workpiece in paper bag and head out to dinner

1751: We arrive at the restaurant

1800: Dinner begins

—————Mission Complete—————

-- Brent, http://www.brentmorelabs.com





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 07:38 AM

Brent,

That looks pretty GOOD!

You were really up against the clock!

Are coins going to be laid into those grooves?

Sure looks GREAT! You did GOOD!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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brentmore

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 08:05 AM

You got it Joe – the coins are placed in the grooves, whichare cut at a 30° angle so that the faces of the coins are visible. These are fun to make because they’re very easy to make and are a nice way to display the challenge coins.

-- Brent, http://www.brentmorelabs.com

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 01:42 PM

Very nice, when I first saw this I thought the curly maple was actually a padded material. So smooth. I am retired military and also have several challenge coins. I may have to try a display case of my own. Brentmore, thanks for the 30 degree angle tip!

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 01:45 PM

Excellent job

SALUTE!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 03:03 PM

when in doubt, improvise. Well done. Carry on…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 04:53 PM

That’s really moving out ,nice work.

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 05:11 PM

That looks good! You must be very happy with the result.

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-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 05:59 PM

Brent, can I ask a stupid question?

What does one have to do to earn Challenge Coins?
How often?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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brentmore

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#9 posted 01-04-2013 06:37 PM

Joe,

Coins are usually given by Commaders/Senior Enlisted to members of their command who have done something extraordinary. It can be for a single action, like volunteering to be color guard for an event or winning a “Soldier of the Month” competition. It can also be given to members of the command who have a history of outperforming their peers. It’s kind of an informal award, a point of pride for many service members.

Coins are given and earned at different rates, so it totally varies. For example, I received maybe 5 coins a year when I was enlisted, but only 3 total since I’ve become an officer.

-- Brent, http://www.brentmorelabs.com

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 08:26 PM

Great wok and LOL I realize I’m not wearing pants…. I thought I only did that.. Great job.

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

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#11 posted 01-04-2013 08:30 PM

... yes… That was funny…. LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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AlBCuttnWud

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#12 posted 01-04-2013 09:03 PM

Nicely executed. I can relate to someone being presented something I made in a rush, hoping it didn’t fall apart. get very frustrated at times with other people’s lack of forward thinking but I have looked back every occasion and was glad to have pulled it off…more for the recipient than for anything else. Keep up the good work!

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#13 posted 01-05-2013 12:35 AM

You failed to put in your photo shoot time! haha Nice work… I wish I had a CNC!

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 01-05-2013 01:24 AM

Brent,

Nathan is going to be a civilian and has served his 20 years?...

Congratulations to Nathan!

How many coins did Nathan end up with?

How big are they?

What are they made of? Brass, Bronze, Silver, Gold?

Possible to show us what they look like?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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brentmore

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#15 posted 01-05-2013 01:46 AM

Stephen, nice catch! My wife said I added a bit of “dramatic flare.”

Joe, here’s a pic of another coin holder made with some coins in it:
http://www.brentmorelabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nelly_9.jpg

Nathan is just leaving the unit – he volunteered for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. He’s a junior officer, so he doesn’t have many coins yet, but hopefully this gift is some motivation to earn some more. I think the coins are brass or some other alloy – I can’t imagine they’d be anything more precious because they’re usually pretty hefty and commanders would go broke giving away gold coins.

-- Brent, http://www.brentmorelabs.com

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