|Project by Jim||posted 09-14-2014 07:02 PM||1856 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
My niece found a USMC Force Recon wall plaque and wanted to buy it for her dad, a former force recon marine, to put in his car shop. The plaque is $90 and is 13 inched across. I told her that 13 inches is too small for his shop and the plague does not have all the correct items/words that his unit used.
So I decided to make one myself. My plans have the disk at 36 inches in diameter, the wings are 44 inched across. The finished piece weights 30 pounds.
- The disk is MDF with cherry veneer and kitchen counter laminate on the back. The black rings are cherry veneer with ebony stain.
- The parachute is from 8/4 poplar and is finished in amber shellac. I used the shellac for the color that I wanted for the part.
- Wings, made from 4/4 cypress cut from one piece (segmentation), carved and shaped, finished with wipe-on ploy and glued back together.
- The scuba diver is cut from one piece of 4/4 cypress, shaped, painted and glued back together.
- The pathfinder flame and wings (on top of the parachute) are made from beech, walnut, aspen, cherry, and mahogany. I used a combination of intarsia and segmentation for this part.
- The letters are made from aspen. Each one cut out on the scroll saw.