USMC Force Recon Wall Plaque

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jim posted 09-14-2014 07:02 PM 1744 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


13 comments so far

View wseand's profile


2754 posts in 2462 days

#1 posted 09-14-2014 09:01 PM

Damn hat is nice. Came out incredible.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

View Northwest29's profile (online now)


1469 posts in 1911 days

#2 posted 09-14-2014 09:23 PM

Man that is one super cool project. Well done!! And that is one serious looking glue up – wow.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

View Jim's profile


109 posts in 2711 days

#3 posted 09-14-2014 09:34 PM

One more picture.


View papadan's profile


1166 posts in 2789 days

#4 posted 09-14-2014 09:35 PM

You got all the elements correct, thank you.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

View bazz135uk's profile


579 posts in 1272 days

#5 posted 09-14-2014 10:48 PM

WOW ! I like your style Thats really very good.. Great skill and vision well done..

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

View Hawaiilad's profile


2884 posts in 2441 days

#6 posted 09-15-2014 06:29 AM

Now that is really a nice piece of work. Bet you have a couple hours into that. I’m pretty sure you blew someone’s mind when they saw it. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

View Roger's profile


19714 posts in 2224 days

#7 posted 09-15-2014 11:41 AM

Very impressive! Thank you to all the vets out there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

View hoss12992's profile


3811 posts in 1313 days

#8 posted 09-15-2014 04:00 PM

That is awesome. Great job Semper Fi

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 1713 days

#9 posted 09-15-2014 04:18 PM

Great plaque—thanks for sharing!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View drewpy's profile


568 posts in 777 days

#10 posted 09-15-2014 05:48 PM

Very impressive! Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

View Richard W. Hyman Jr's profile

Richard W. Hyman Jr

716 posts in 1092 days

#11 posted 09-15-2014 10:55 PM

Looks great!! That will most certainly be appreciated!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

View Mean_Dean's profile


4932 posts in 2568 days

#12 posted 09-16-2014 12:02 AM

Great looking plaque! I’m sure he’ll really appreciate it!

-- Dean

View Jim's profile


109 posts in 2711 days

#13 posted 09-16-2014 12:12 AM

Photo of me and my brother when I gave him the plaque.


Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics