Grave Marker for Old Rusty!

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 03-13-2009 09:49 PM 1319 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The same friend I had made the Gavel for, dropped by the other day.

He asked me if I would carve Old Rusty’s name on this cross for him.

Old Rusty had passed away one year ago on this very day, & he was missing his old buddy.

It was quite a coincidence, Rusty died on my birthday in 2008.

After I got started on it, I thought it would be nice to do a relief carving of Rusty.

He was a Golden Retriever, so I asked my friend if he had any good pictures of Rusty.

He didn’t have a picture of the pose I liked, so I searched Google, found this one.

You’ll notice in the first images of the cross, it was nailed together.

So I ended up taking it apart, changing to screws, & plugging the holes.

I also rounded all of the edges with 1/8” round-over bit.

Laying out the spacing for letters, before transferring them.

Transferring the dates.

Rusty lettering partially done.

Here is Rusty completed, I added Mahogany oil stain for color, “Good Guess” It looks like a Golden Retriever.

Completed! with several coats of BLO.

Click for details

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 09:51 PM

Great job, Dick!

Our dog when I was growing up was named Rusty. This fellow even reminds me of him.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 10:51 PM

May Rusty rest in Peace!

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 10:52 PM

“Mans Best Friend” Thanks for sharing.
Dick, you also are a mans best friend for your skill and thoughtfulness.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 03-14-2009 12:50 AM

Great memory for Rusty. Great job Dick.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 03-14-2009 01:00 AM

Great effort Dick. You are a champ.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 03-14-2009 02:27 AM

Really special, great design. I had to make one once and designed it to look like the front of a dog house. Put the name on it and all.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 03-14-2009 05:44 AM

That’s a great job. I’m sure your friend will appreciate it for a very long time.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 03-14-2009 08:33 PM

You are one great guy Dick. Your friend is a lucky man to have you as a friend. That’s a ripe old age for a dog. Nice job on the cross, and Rusty. I got a Black Lab, I know how attached you can get to them.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 03-14-2009 08:48 PM

great project for a trusty companion …very nice

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 03-14-2009 10:07 PM

Thanks all!

My friend Bill just stopped by to pick up the cross.

He already paid us with a nice batch of homemade soup for Barb, & me.

We’ll eat good tonight.<(:O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 03-23-2009 07:54 PM

great job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 03-24-2009 04:01 PM

Thank you Debbie!

One thing good happened about this project, it got me off of my butt,

& I’ve been spending more time in my shop again.

I’ll have to thank my friend Bill, the next time I see him.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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