Fire Academy Box

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Project by Mark Smith posted 04-15-2013 09:45 PM 1682 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this box for the next graduating class of the local fire academy. I used every single large tool in the shop on this one. I was going to say I didn’t use the drill press, but I did use it with the sanding mop. The box is made from White Oak and Black Walnut. All of the joints were done with dowells and the Dowellmax. The Maltese Cross was done on the Legacy CNC and the engraving was done with the Hurricane Laser Engraver. The finish is about six coats of polyurethane and nothing else. I gave the academy class a pretty good deal on the box so in the end I figure I’ll have made about a $1.25 an hour on this.

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 10:36 PM

Very gracious of you to donate so much time for a worthy cause. Thank you. What will the box be used for? Is this the state fire fighters class or for local city fire fighters?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 10:51 PM

It’s local firefighters. I was told it would be used to hold “stuff.” I guess they have some type of plastic bin in the front of the classroom now and it holds extra pencils and paper and other “stuff” that is needed for class. So the plastic bin will be replaced with this box. In most police and fire academies it is tradition for the class to give some type of gift back to the academy.

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 01:02 AM

Very nice – as a Retired Police Officer I am aware of the tradition – you knocked this one out of the park!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 04-16-2013 07:26 PM

You may have only made $1.25 an Hour on it , but some day you may need thier Services. I hope you don’t though.

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#5 posted 04-17-2013 12:26 AM

That’s a amazing piece just wish i could afford the engravers and cnc routers to take my pieces above and beyond Great job

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 02:03 PM

Good looking box! This will be greatly used and remembered. Great work!

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#7 posted 03-02-2017 09:29 AM

This is a beautiful box and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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