A Memorial Box For 21 Ceremonial Rounds

A Special Memorial Box

"After my dads funeral, my younger brother and myself decided to give my dad’s ceremonial flag to my youngest brother, he took some of dads personal belongings and I took the 21 ceremonial rounds."

"Had been meaning to make something to display them, but it would have been an awful big plaque...So I decided instead to make a memorial box to put them in."

James Patton has been an amazing inspiration for us and many Design & Make users.  Every project he crafts seems to tell some sort of story and this one is no exception.  We are going to let his words and pictures tell the story of this special project and how it evolved into such a wonderful memorial to his Father.


"The box itself is a tweaked version of Michaels Tyler and Vectric's “Mothers Keepsake” box."

"I spent I think about 30 hours on this box due to the small bits I had to use to get the raised lettering on the seals."

Laying Out The Design

Like many projects, James started out with a few different layout ideas that he used to finalize his finished project.

These are actual screenshots from VCarve Pro that James sent us.


"The box is made of cherry and finished with spray on semi gloss-All finishing tool paths I used a 1/16th ball nose and all the pockets I used a 1/32 ball nose pockets to get the raised letters."

Memorial Box Top

"The top I used Sunburst 1 and Wreath and Star model to make the American Legion seal."  

"Made vectors around the seal and did a .003 pocket to get the raised letters."

Memorial Box Front

"The box is made of cherry and finished with spray on semi-gloss."

"All finishing tool paths I used a 1/16th ball nose and all the pockets I used a 1/32 ball nose pockets to get the raised letters."

"Front of the box is lined with Star No.1 (from Hack of the Week No.146) and a pocket for the raised letters...also at .01"

Memorial Box Ends

"Right side of the box has dad’s “chief” symbol and I used Navy Chief Emblem v2 model and also put a rope border around it using Rope Border model"

"Left side of the box I used the US Navy Assembly from the Military Service Seals (the reimagined project is now called US Military Pride) and the Star No.1 from Hack of the Week 156.  Pocket on this was .01"

Memorial Box Back

"Back of the box, I used Eagle and Banner model"

What a great way to finish off the box so it can be viewed from any angle.  The weight of this piece is truly understood and expressed in all of its details.

We think you all will agree that this is a wonderful memorial box that will be the perfect place to keep the 21 ceremonial rounds that James has been holding on to.

James, your finished project is sure to inspire others to consider making a memorial or memory box for someone special in their lives... thank you for that.


Thank you, James Patton, for taking the time to share your finished project with us!

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