cherry helmet case

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Project by lawrence posted 01-12-2013 05:25 PM 1071 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My former commander retired yesterday and he had commissioned me to make him a helmet case. The enlisted of our group wanted to give him something and stepped in and paid for the case and gave it to him yesterday at his ceremony (he’s been an amazing officer, leader, and brother-in-arms for us… one of those special commanders that only comes around once or twice a career) The hat is one he flew with for many (many) years and he wanted it to be on display too.

At any rate, here is the case. It is cherry with only one carving on the front (at his request) I did the carving (of course) with my carvewright. The top lifts off to allow access to the basepiece (covered with spray glued velvet) The only thing that I am still unhappy about is the way the top and bottom mitered “frames” connect to the side pieces. Basically, I made two frames and then used dowels to connect the top and bottom to the sides. The glass also has adhesive in it which helps support the piece. I really want to figure out how to do a three-way miter joint similar to this one for future pieces

I did the glass etching myself too- After cutting the glass, I cut vinyl stencils out on my silhouette machine and then sand blasted on the engravings.

The finish is simple shellac followed by wax. He likes cherry as natural as it can be and still be protected (I like the way he thinks)

Thanks for comments/suggestions/critiques


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#1 posted 01-12-2013 05:42 PM

Very nice case .

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-12-2013 09:12 PM

Very nice work, I’m sure your CC will love and appreciate it!

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 01:41 AM

Beautiful display case. Really neat 3-way joint, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 02:32 AM

Nicely done.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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

what a great gift and you did a great job i hope what ill bring to your attention might help you get on the right path, maybe this will help check this out…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 06:49 AM

Thanks grizz- that’s another option and I’ll be studying your pics carefully…

Thanks for the kind words all,

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#7 posted 01-13-2013 05:20 PM

Wow what a great job all the way around on this project! Nice job.

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

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 05:02 PM

Like that Lawrence. Good to see you getting good use out of that CarveWright.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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