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Finished my bayonet/coffee table

Discussion in 'The Workbench: Builds And Modifications' started by SWIGIN, Nov 2, 2017.

  1. SWIGIN

    SWIGIN .410

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    I recently got the last hard to find bayonet to finish my Vietnam era M7 bayonet and U.S.M8A1 scabbard collection so I had to make something to display them in. I was going to go with a wall hanging shadow box kind of thing but I also need a new coffee table so.....

    I mixed both into one thing.

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    I used the off fall to make some sliding shelf boards.
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    I now can show off my completed Vietnam bayonet collection and have a new coffee table, two birds with one stone.

    The glass is 1/2'' tempered and the wood is good old red oak.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
  2. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Sir, that is just awesome work and a great collection to show off.

    It also gave me a semi....

    :)
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  3. Elbert Garrett

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    Nicely done!
  4. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Most excellent work.
  5. John A.

    John A. Unconstitutional laws are not laws. Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator

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    That's really nice how you did both.

    I think the coffee table is better than a wall hanging shadow box too.
  6. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 Guest

    Awesome collection & coffee table...well done sir !!
  7. SWIGIN

    SWIGIN .410

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    Thank you all!
  8. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Very nice!!
  9. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Yer gonna be pissed if somebody spills coffee on it. :eek:
  10. SWIGIN

    SWIGIN .410

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    I will be since no one here drinks that stuff...LOL
  11. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Very nice. That looks great. What did you use for a finish? wop?
  12. SWIGIN

    SWIGIN .410

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    I don't know what wop is but it has Minwax Provincial stain applied by rag then sprayed with satin clear.

    Thanks
  13. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Wipe On Polyurethane
  14. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    Very nice work
    I would like to see a topside view, and description of all your bayo's perhaps some insight as to how to identify differences. I love me some blades.
  15. SWIGIN

    SWIGIN .410

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    There was 5 different companies that had military contracts during Vietnam.

    BOC = 1.8 million Made during the 1960s
    Milpar = 650,000 1964-67
    Imperial = 350,000 1973 only
    Conetta = 130,000
    FZR = 36,000 1971-72 Rare to find

    The Vietnam contracted M7 bayonets had 2 hollows or holes under the grip in the tang and as per the contract the blade grind has a near 90 degree angle drop out. You can also see the differences in the grinds in this picture too.

    Top is Vietnam era, bottom is a commercial blade.
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    Other then the 5 maker marks stamped into the hand guard they are basically the same. The Milpar and Imperial have a rounded or bevel on the unsharpened top edge.

    It's kind of the same for the scabbards. They are all built basically the same with different makers marks stamped into them.

    PWH had 3 different fonts or spacing of the letters (PA or Philadelphia Work House)
    T W B = The Working Blind ( PWH and TWB were put together by Blind people in Philly)
    VIZ
    VIZ/WD - WD bought out VIZ inventory and added there mark beside the VIZ with a slash, Rare to find
    WD

    WP- this is an unknown mark and I'd bet someone setup the WD stamp wrong and a few WP scabbards were made

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    Since there are more scabbards then blades some are doubles in my table.

    The lighting was bad so I didn't post the top view before, it makes the wood look lighter than it really is.
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    The Tang and PWH pictures are from a google search.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
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  16. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    Very handy information. Thanks.
  17. Scoop

    Scoop .30-06

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    Forum Tech puzzle:
    In this thread, post #15, SWIGIN had posted 4 pix that show up as IMAGE NOT FOUND on my computer, pad and Android phone. Show a promo for mybb.us .
  18. SWIGIN

    SWIGIN .410

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    Yeah, I don't know what's going on. I'll try to repost tonight.
  19. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Well everything shows up fine on my Android phone.

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