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Project by dasnipa posted 321 days ago 912 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this project really began 2 years ago when my grandfather died. My grandfather served in military (marines to be exact). There are actually a fair number of service members in my family, but this was my first experience of a military funeral. Of course, I knew the basics of what to expect, but actually being there blew me away with the respect and treatment of a fallen comrade. As you probably know, a folded flag is presented to the eldest surviving son, and after placing a shell casing in each corner, the rest are given to the eldest son to be given to other family members so that they, too, can have a memento.

I approached my uncle (the eldest surviving in this case) about doing something with the casings so that family could have some nice way to display the casings (if you look hard online, you can find some casing displays… but none of them seemed to be of decent quality to me). What you see is the end result of that project. the casings are out of some really nice cherry. The acorn inlay is out of maple and walnut, and is part of an inside story, that I won’t bother writing about here as it doesn’t really pertain to the project. I might someday upgrade the glass, but I was unable to procure a local glass cutter, so I settled with acrylic. The finish is BLO followed by hand wiped poly, topped off with a coat of wax applied with fine steel wool and waxed to a high gloss.

I have engraved plates in the works to finish the project off, but they haven’t come in yet.





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#1 posted 321 days ago

Outstanding design and great construct—you’ve done a very nice job of honoring your grandfather’s memory and his service to our country. Congratulations!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 321 days ago

Very, very nice!

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#3 posted 320 days ago

Great job, Semper Fi

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

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#4 posted 315 days ago

That’s a great way to display and store the shell cases. A great tribute to your Dad and great mementos to family members.

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