Memorial Traveling Trophy

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Project by ajw1978 posted 11-03-2014 09:57 AM 726 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I grew up as part of a German dance group. Was fortunate to make some great, life-long friends all over the country, including one young lady from our sister group in LA. Sadly, we lost her to a senseless act of violence a little more then ten years ago. To honor her, a congeniality prize she helped establish was renamed in her honor and awarded every three years at a national convention as part of a dance competition. For reasons unbeknownst to me, there was never any physical award to go along with it. So since the groups who won for their singing and dancing got to hold up a very nice plaque, I thought it only appropriate that those who won the award named for our friend were able to do the same.

So .., as always, this plan started with a lot of fast starts. Figuring out what I wanted and how to do it seemed impossible so, I called in the Old Man who politely told me searching for good wood stock in the lumber bin of Menard’s might not be my best move.

Instead, he took me to Rockler where he and the sales clerk set me up with some pieces of walnut crotch. I wasn’t a fan of the wood at first but they reassured me I’d be very, very pleased in the end.

And holy crap, were they right.

It was very uneven, but it worked. I gave it a good fine sanding to prep it for stain and after two coats of Minwax Natural, the grain really started to pop. But then I started putting on the poly and wow … it might have been the most beautiful piece of wood I’d ever seen.

Once it was finished, it was time to assemble. A little round-over for the base, a very slight cut to get a level bottom and … boom, three 3.5-inch deck screws (countersunk) and my trophy was done.

Nothing I build will ever give me as much pride as this. Though, as I started affixing the individual plaques for award winners and realized, as this is given out every three years, there was enough space to get us to 2032 … I started to feel very, very old.

But nonetheless …. damn proud of this incredibly simple project.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#1 posted 11-28-2014 12:30 AM

Very nice job! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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