Marine farewell boxes

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Project by James posted 07-09-2013 01:14 AM 1165 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two of these for guys leaving at the same time. It was my first time using my Rockler dovetail jig. I got the most amazing piece of walnut that I’m still clinging on to small pieces of now.

-- James - Semper Fi

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 04:19 AM

James that is a great looking box! That walnut is fantastic. You made two of these with the Rockler jig how was that experience?

How did out do the engraving?

I am sure those guys are going to appreciate these and the work that went into them.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#2 posted 07-09-2013 04:22 AM

Nice work!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 04:37 AM

I got lucky with the Rockler jig. Turns out half blinds are twice the challenge as through dovetails. I set it up perfect by accident.
The engraving was done with an Epilog laser machine. The ground safety shop happens to have one so I take full advantage.

-- James - Semper Fi

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 05:56 AM

Brother your stuff is looking really good. How do you like that jig? I’ve been thinking about getting the porter cable one, but I was also looking at the Rockler one as well.

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 09:53 AM

Ooo-raaa. Looks good.

-- christopheralan

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#6 posted 07-09-2013 03:17 PM

The newest rockler jig looks awesome. This one is very basic. The new one has all the fancy templates for different spacings. And rockler is five miles from work so if I have questions or need new bits, its right there.

-- James - Semper Fi

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#7 posted 07-09-2013 07:08 PM

Nice looking box! I like the contrast and that grain in the walnut really pops! Did this McDonough serve in 2/1 STA plt back in the day, by chance?

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#8 posted 07-09-2013 07:11 PM

These are nice and make wonderful gifts. Congratulations.

elluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 07-09-2013 09:54 PM

He was with 3d MAW. I left the boxes unit generic because they EAS after just four years. It was their Marine Corps gift. Not from the MAG.

And the walnut was so beautiful. I wish I had used it for myself. Selfish I know. It was 11” wide and 10’ long. Amazing grain.

-- James - Semper Fi

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