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Forum topic by ki7hy posted 10-07-2016 04:38 AM 375 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2016 04:38 AM

My grandfather passed away recently and the Air Force did an amazing job at his funeral. For his 21 gun solute I was able to get one of the shells that were fired and I want to turn it into something.

I woodwork partly because of him. Some of the tools I use were his. I think it’s only fitting to turn this into something useful, not just a decoration. Something I can pick up often that will remind me of him.

Any suggestions would be great. I could turn it into a pen or an awl but would like better suggestions. Nothing is jumping out at me right now.

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#1 posted 10-07-2016 05:17 AM

. Key chain fob but insert and glue a dowel for the ring to attach to in case you come up with something in the future.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#2 posted 10-07-2016 05:22 AM

Honestly I just put it away until you knew exactly what you wanted to make. I have to force myself to do that with my treasures and keepsakes a lot.

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#3 posted 10-07-2016 06:05 AM

Mount the case to the base of a flag box (if you have the flag), or on a memorial plaque with his dates of service, etc. There have been some retirement gifts posted in the projects over the last couple months to get some inspiration from.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you decide to do.

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#4 posted 10-07-2016 08:59 AM

What JCinVA said. It is the traditional way to keep this. Make a nice flag box and put it in there with the flag or a flag if you don’t have the burial flag.
Being a disabled Veteran, I knok that your grandfather would appreciate this.


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#5 posted 10-07-2016 12:23 PM

I used rifle ammo brass for the nozzle in this functional fireplace bellows.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#6 posted 10-07-2016 12:25 PM

Some ideas – light switch in your shop – use it in a setup jig for a machine – depth maybe ? – figure a way to mount it to the drill press handle – make it into the barrel of a marking gauge – I like this one the best.

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#7 posted 10-07-2016 12:33 PM

Use it as a dowel on a joiners mallet.

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#8 posted 10-07-2016 12:37 PM

Dimensions or caliber?

My favorite it the chess board pieces. They look like they were done with a file and a jeweler’s saw. Very nice.

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#9 posted 10-07-2016 01:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. My father has the flag in it’s flag box and more of these (there were 21 after all). I’ll get the flag when my father goes but no hurry there.

I plan to do what DirtyMike said but figured I would see some ideas out there.

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