|Project by Hawken||posted 04-07-2013 04:13 AM||3836 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
This is a slightly miniaturized replica of a military ammo box, to be used as a jewelery box or just a “place for my stuff” box. This is going to be a donation to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Memorial Auction. I used 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch oak. The box was simplicity itself. Running the electrics for the lithophane backlight proved interesting, but I think my solution is durable. Surprisingly, finding the small black nails proved to be the most problematic part of the project. That is until I finally decided to look in my box-o-stuff that I haven’t sorted in years. The Lithophane depicts an EOD Technician in a bomb suit working on an improvised explosive device, with the caption above reading “If you have to ask why, you can’t comprehend”, which is the simplest way of avoiding a long dissertation on why these fantastic people choose to do this job. The lower caption reads “Explosive Ordnance Disposal”. The inner plate covering the lighting is a machine engraved Master EOD Badge, with the official EOD motto “Initial Success or Total Failure”. I placed #6 washers between the plate and the lid to allow some light “bleed through” when the lid is open. The finish is straight Tung Oil. I intentionally distressed the brass hinges (not shown), and used an antiqued hook latch for the front. I placed a simple slide switch unobtrusively on the side of the box, and there is a 2.5mm pigtail connector for the 12v transformer. The lighting is LED strips placed in a rabbited groove below the lithophane and behind the inner plate in the lid.
Thanks for looking, and I apologize for the quality of the photos.
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