|Project by poospleasures||posted 03-13-2014 02:48 PM||975 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a display case to hold three commemorative collector knives. The case is made from white oak flooring from dismantled 1940s era Fort Knox army barracks. The lumber is very very rough and covered with many coats of wax and ground in grime and long time storage. It has some cracks, splits and damage from removal. The preparation includes scraping with a card scraper to smooth but was instructed to leave many scares, nail holes and paint stains. This was harder to do than to just make it really smooth. The back side was scraped just enough to show the lumber mill embossing. Case is 12 3/4 X 6 3/4 X 2 1/16. That is all the usable width left after sawing off the tongues. The grooves are left with 1/8” being sawed off the inside groove to make a rabbit to set the base in. The glass is installed in a saw blade groove and put in before gluing the miter sides and ends together. When dry the lid is cut from the box and three barrel hinges installed. Magnets are glued into the lid and in box body to act as the fasteners. One inch foam is covered with green felt and just pushed into the body. I’m almost finished with the first 25 and may do some more later. Knife handles are made from same white oak. These all are being made for Patton Museum Foundation. Thanks for looking. As I do not know how to link things please see my blog posted today in the blogs section for the rest of the story.
-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon