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  1. From the album: Pop's Shop Military Items

    Part of the US Military Wings series. Wings are approximately 14" wide and made from Red Oak, Walnut, Hard Maple, and Aromatic Cedar. (Can not be customized)

    © Fred Wilson / Pop's Shop 2014

  2. Introduction A short while ago we were contacted by a good friend of the Ray family. She asked if a donation could be made to our community in the name of Mr. Ray, and I told her we'd be honored, and we would also like to accept the donation in memoriam and we would love to share to our members just who Mr. Ray was, with the family permission. The Family Man I cannot write better words than Mr. Ray's own grown child could, so here are the beautiful words. "There is no way I can put together the words to pay proper tribute to my Dad. I truly believe he was one of a kind. A Godly Soul, loving Husband, amazing Dad, proud Papa, faithful Deacon, giving Uncle, a genuinely good Friend to anyone who needed. He gave me more than I could ever repay. If I can be a small fraction of the man he was, I'll take it and consider myself lucky. I am so thankful for the time my son got to spend with his Papa. He was a great example for him to follow. | know he would not want us to be sad but it’s hard. I'll always think of him and all the good life we had with and because of him. He had so little yet gave so much to us. I remember him working himself ragged to provide for his family. Many nights when his shop was behind our house, he would stop working long enough to eat and be with us until he had to go finish a car, or several, he was repairing. We would get ready for bed, go out and tell him good night and we loved him, get our hugs and off to bed while he continued to provide for us. I've said it many times, growing up we had many of the things we wanted but ALL of things we needed thanks to my parents. I can take solace in knowing without a doubt, he is in Heaven and I'll get to see him again one day. I'll be forever thankful that the last words we said to each other were “I love you”. I know he did and hope he knows how much I did. Until we meet again, I truly love you Dad." The Warrior Hugh L. Ray Commended for Heroic Action On October 2, 1968 Specialist four, Hugh L. Ray was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device. His orders read as follows. "For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in Republic of Vietnam. On this date, Spec. Ray was serving as a mortar squad leader with his company at his night defensive position. During the night, the camp was suddenly subjected to an intense enemy mortar attack. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Specialist Ray maneuvered through the hail of hostile rounds to his weapon's position and directed his crew in their rapid and accurate counter mortar fire. He continually supervised the operations of his squad until the attack was suppressed. The following day, a reconnaissance of the area encompassing, the perimeter disclosed three dead Viet Cong and one complete mortar. His courageous initiative and bold determination significantly contributed toward the successful outcome of the encounter. Specialist Four Ray's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army. "BY direction of the Secretary of the Army, under the provisions of AR 672-5-1." SP/4 Ray's tour of duty will be completed Feb. 20, 1969. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Ray of Woodstock. Our Thanks On behalf of all our Patriot Woodworker's we want to give thanks for Mr. Ray's service to our nation, and the sacrifice's he made during his tour and time in the United States Army. We have many Vietnam Veterans in this community who I am sure are recalling their own time in service as they read this memoriam, and are feeling the brotherhood with Mr. Ray. The Vietnam Veteran community are close knit, they are all brothers, and we are proud to have this memoriam in our pages within our own community, where Mr. Ray's memory will be honored and live on indefinitely. Thank you to the entire Ray Family for sharing this wonderful man with us. The funds that were donated to our community on behalf of Mr. Ray, will be set aside and used to assist a veteran in need. United States Army, Specialist Four, Hugh L. Ray. 1st Infantry Division Links of interest Hugh Ray Obituary History of the US Army 1st Infantry Division 'Big Red One' honors Vietnam veterans with welcome-home ceremony The Big Red One leads the way again, this time in Vietnam
  3. I went to the orange BBS for some stuff and asked for a veterans discount as I have for years. They told me I have to register at the service desk. In the past, I showed them my driver's license that has the word "Veteran" on it from previous verification with the DMV. The company has employed SheerID, a 3rd party verification service. You go online and enter your name, address, email, telephone number, birth date, and number of toes on your left foot. They call up your DD 214 which contains your SSN, and in 2-3 days, you're in. I refused enrollment. I have enough exposure to personal info from recent massive data breaches such as Equifax, OPM, and other retail stores. It is extremely difficult to remedy identity theft once it falls on you. The clerk was totally sympathetic, HD customer_care not at all. hat
  4. While perusing a couple sites this morning I happened on this page within the Defense.gov website. The page is a well laid out dedication to the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. Click on a letter at the right column, and the names and biography appears at main page. The names represent those victims on the ground, and on the air plane. I started to go through the names and images, but I had to pull away, for many reasons, but I just thought I'd share it here. If you go to the "B" list, you'll see Bernard Brown, he was just 11 years old, goodness. http://archive.defense.gov/home/features/2011/0911_911/pentagon-victims.aspx
  5. The Gold Star Family Home Program, launched in September 2018, honors the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. The Foundation will provide a 100 percent mortgage-free home to surviving spouses with young children. The Foundation is committed to raising $250 million to provide 1,000 homes to Gold Star Families.
  6. Since this is a forum with a heavy emphasis on patriotism I figured we should have something for those who served in the military. These are the first two I tried. Was also thinking of possibly combining something like this with a bottom "tail" that could be carved with someone's name, dates of service, places of service, or anything one would want. These are cut from 15" blanks. Sizes can be increased to 18 or even 24 inch I would think.
  7. Introduction Our very own Patriot Woodworker John Mordus, or better known in our circles as @honesttjohn, is an artist on CNC (computer numerical control) woodworking. John was one of the first CNC woodworkers to join our community and helped crowd our new CNC forums. One of John's favorite creations he performs on his CNC machine are the military plaques he enjoys carving. You can see his CNC gallery featuring these very plaques here at: John's Contribution John contacted us and asked us if we could use any of his work to benefit our current project for our Gold Star Widow Nicole Merlo. As you all know we are in the midst of raising funds for the Merlo Family. The carvings below are for sale. All the proceeds from the sale of these items will be used to purchase their Christmas meal for the family, which is a stipulation of our project as assigned to us by Operation Ward 57. Yes I know, 200 dollars is a good fair amount for a Christmas meal, but let's hope the Merlo Family will have a Christmas meal they will never forget! Perhaps they'll invite some friends over, perhaps they'll go a Prime Rib route in addition to the traditional Turkey and Ham. Whatever they decide to do, it will be memorable, and they can shop without worry for their memorable Christmas meal as provided by you, The Patriot Woodworker's. Each plaque has approximately 10 hours of glue up and carving labor into them. These are American Crafts of high quality and workmanship. (shipping will be paid by the TPW community, so that all 200 dollars will reach the Merlo Family) How to purchase Please leave a reply to this topic here if you wish to purchase one or both of these beautiful carvings. Keep in mind, these are also displayed throughout our Merlo Family project portals such as Facebook and Twitter, we reserve the right to sell these carvings outside of our Patriot Woodworker community, all here will be notified immediately if one or both carvings sell outside of our community before they sell here. In Closing We want to thank everyone who has contributed to this project with your raffle ticket purchases, your "getting out the word campaigns", just being here, and all your best wishes for the success of this years Christmas project. And we want to thank John Mordus for his material contribution to the project. You all have come through wonderfully this year, nothing more can be asked of you all, we have some big donors of treasure through our raffle, and we have had some very important smaller donors through our raffle, because even though they don't have much for themselves, they still managed to come up with a few extra dollars to help make a difference in a Gold Star widows Christmas. All contributions hold equal weight, we have all given what we can, and most importantly, it was all done with heart. We truly have the greatest and smallest woodworking community in the cyber world. After all, we are: The Few, The Proud, The Patriot Woodworkers! Thank you Patriot Woodworkers!
  8. Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Wife has been quite sick and all my attention is on her and her recovery. That being said, I have spent a little time in the shop to work on a few Steve Good military patterns. Examples below. Hope everyone had a great turkey/ham day and with Christmas coming up, please remember the reason for the season. In alphabetical order (so I don't get into any more trouble). Maple on Sephelle
  9. honesttjohn

    Appreciation Plaque

    From the album: Patriot Work

    Lady at the fundraiser saw this, won it, and had me finish it for her 92 year old Dad.
  10. honesttjohn

    Appreciation Plaque

    From the album: Patriot Work

    Another variation
  11. honesttjohn

    To Recognize Service

    From the album: Patriot Work

    These are quite popular with spouses, parents, and kids. If I hear a child who sees and admires it, I'll just give them one to give as a gift to their Dad.
  12. honesttjohn

    Appreciation Plaque

    From the album: Patriot Work

    Women serve too!!
  13. From the album: Patriot Work

    Donated a handful of unfinished plaques for a Marine Memorial Fundraiser and finished them to the auction winners' wishes
  14. honesttjohn

    For WWII vet

    From the album: Patriot Work

    A guy saw this and wanted one made for his brother in law as a Xmas gift. He just had to have one.
  15. honesttjohn

    In Appreciation

    From the album: Patriot Work

    Made this for my father in law. Right around 40 years with the Army, Marines, and reserves
  16. honesttjohn

    Tribute 3

    From the album: Patriot Work

    By rearranging the models you can up with something like this. Same 24x20 piece of 1" pine panel
  17. honesttjohn

    Tribute 2

    From the album: Patriot Work

    This is basically the same piece with the text changed and cut out.
  18. honesttjohn

    Tribute

    From the album: Patriot Work

    This was cut from a 1" piece of pine panel from Lowes that measures 24x20
  19. Thank you for joining us. Below is the Military Challenge Coin Display as described by The Patriot Woodworker network. This is a design that we drew up with the help of designs seen all over the web, it is easy to build, most folks have the tools that are necessary to build it, and the finishing process is quite simple. If you don't have the tools that I am using, your sure to find a way around that, as this is as I said, very simple to build. This basic display is 12" long, 4 1/2" deep, 1 1/8" tall at the front, and 1 7/8" tall at the rear. The grooves are 1/4" wide and 5/16"" deep. The beauty of this design is you could take an 8' long board and mill the board out and groove it in it's entirety, and then section it up to make many coin displays at one time. This display unit will hold up to 20 challenge coins plus or minus as the coins can vary in size. The front face of the display is 1 1/8" tall to accommodate a name plaque if the warrior wishes to install his or her own name plate. I have found that our soldiers actually take their name tag off their Class A's uniform and apply it to the front of these displays. Now here we go This display cost me nothing to build, I had the wood on hand, and the finish on hand, it took me an hour to build this first prototype. I first started out with a 2" thick (8/4) by 4 3/4" by 12" long walnut blank. I then drew a guide line at the end of the blank, note I started at 1 1/8" up from one side to the corner of the back. After I drew the line, I laid it on the jointer and set a straight reference item such as my engineers square (it can be anything straight) to determine the angle I needed to set my jointer fence. I eyeballed this, it doesn't have to be perfect. The 1 1/8" side is your front, the front is where the name tag is secured. As you are looking at the blank, it is laying upside down on the jointer. The front is to the right against the jointer fence. I set my jointer to cut 1/8" increments, you can set it to whatever you want, it's purely a personal choice. After a few passes my blank is taking shape. The following picture is after my final pass, it really only took about 15 to 18 quick passes, about 3 or 4 minutes on the jointer to get it to this point. The final cut is a bit off the line, but I am calling it good. You see, this is not rocket science folks! It's just fun! Before I lay out my centers for the grooves, I set my table saw to 5 degrees and shaved off the front of the display, I am sorry I failed to get a picture of this, but just set your display upright and the back of your display against the fence, set the fence so your taking just enough off the front to make the front a 5 degree slant back as your looking at the front. Keep in mind, I am using a right tilt TS. Now with the front of the display cut at 5 degrees, I laid the first groove out at 5/8" from the front, then 1" on center after that, you'll end up with 4 grooves for the coins. Depending on what your blank ends up being, you might have to fudge the numbers a hair until you get an equal layout between the grooves. After I marked the centers, I laid out the sides of the grooves at 1/8" on both sides to make a 1/4" groove. Now set your TS blade at 90 degrees to cut the grooves, this allows the coins to rest in the crook or angle at the bottom of the grooves. Your natural tendency is to cut the grooves canted back, but the better option is to just lay the display face down and cut the cut grooves at a 90. To come up with a nice even set of grooves I set my calipers to 0.250 or 1/4". If you don't have calipers, plane a piece of wood to a 1/4" for a feeler gauge, we want these grooves to be 1/4" as close as possible. Then I set my blade height at 1/4". (ATTENTION, make the grooves 5/16" deep) Now you will have your blade set at 90 degrees, you now have your depth properly set, you are now ready to cut the coin grooves. Set your display face down, bottom side up, and with the front against the fence, set the fence to your layout line, and start your cut. I make about 3 passes per each groove, after the first two passes, I check the groove with my calipers to see where I am at.(I failed to take a shot of this process so I laid the finished display in place for a visual reference, sorry!) NOTE: the display is upside down, face down, front against the fence, rear of the display to the left of the blade. After the grooves are cut, you will notice the blade left a nice kerf mark at the bottom of the grooves. I took a very sharp Marples 1/4" chisel and cleaned up the bottoms of the grooves. I used the chisel in a scraping fashion. Be careful not to drag the chisel on the top edges of the grooves, it's easy to do, please don't ask me how I know. You might have to skew your chisel a hair to avoid dragging it against those edges. After you've cleaned up the bottoms of your grooves, you can now sand the grooves, I used a folded up piece of 120 paper, I wasn't making much progress getting the bottoms smooth with this method, so I ended up folding the paper around a piece of wood that could fit in the grooves, then the bottoms were getting the attention they needed with this method. I finished the grooves to a final sanding of 220. No one will be able to touch the inside of the grooves, so just a good sanding to clean up the chisel marks is all that is needed here. I sanded the entire piece with 120, 220, 400, 800, then a final burnishing with Abralon 1000. The Abralon actually burnishes the wood to a nice dull sheen. During the sanding process I paid special attention to the end grains, I love end grain when it is finished nicely, it adds a ton of character in my opinion. Below you'll see an Abralon pad on my ROS After we have sanded the display, I wrote a heartfelt message on the bottom of the display, and signed it on behalf of my family. After all your work getting this far, this in my opinion is the most important part of the entire project. This is what adds personality to your display, this is what makes your display unique, and none other in the world will be like it. On my display I wrote with a black Sharpie, "Dear Service Member: Thank you for all you've done, Thank You!! Drive on and Stand Tall, We Love You!! From:The Morris Family" In the lower right corner, I wrote the species of the wood used. Also, feel free to write your company name on the bottom, or brand it, I will be affixing a small decal on the bottom with our network name on it. Now we are ready to finish the display. I finished the display with BLO. Brush on the BLO. Let the BLO soak in for about 15 minutes on the entire piece then wipe clean. I will repeat this process two more times to get the BLO to soak in. I like the simplicity of oil. And for the coin displays, they are strictly being used on top of furnishings, not in moisture areas where a protective finish would be needed. I love the deep rich tones that BLO and Danish Oils bring out in furnishings. Once it's all dry and ready to go, I will affix four round felt pads at each corner on the bottom of the display. So there you have it folks. Keep in mind, this is only a guide to making a wonderful Challenge Coin Display for our troops. This is not the end all be all. I would like to really encourage folks to be creative, your more then welcome to come up with your own designs, and your more then welcome to use any type of wood. If you have any questions regarding this project, feel free to leave a comment here in this blog And, please take pictures of your displays and post them on our Woodworking Forum !
  20. While not the greatest discount...probably would cover shipping for small items...at least they're thinking about our men & women who've served! Grizzly Offers Military Discount
  21. I saw this on my news feed last night. Too awesome not to share. It makes me proud to be a Hoosier and to see young people value our American heritage, freedom and the price for having it! God bless you Shayla! Pumpkins for Freedom
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