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Project by Roger posted 01-24-2015 12:36 AM 2357 views 7 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First let me thank everyone who gave me their thoughts on this a while back. I also want to give a shout out this young lady, Kayli, on youtube: Her way worked pretty well after I got the hang of it. This is what I wound up with. I think I’ll call them “Comfort Lockets”. ??? They came out alright. It was a lot of “trial and error” as seen in the 1st photo. A tedious endeavor, but, I needed to do it. This man was gonna come to my shop, but, never got the chance, and I feel very sad that he never made it. With all of the pictures of him here, I feel his spirit was with me doing these. Believe me, I was talking to him a few times…. Anyhoo, I figure his widow can keep one, if she likes, and/or give the others to the kids and/or grandkids, or anyone who may want one. She, the widow, could add this to a necklace as well. I did wind up with 13 of them, (out of a thousand…. no, not really, out of about 28 tests). I kept one of the ones that had a few lil snafu’s in it. Made from, I don’t like to cuss like this, but, “scraps”, Maple and Walnut. The picture came from his obituary that I printed many copies with a laser printer, then, transferred them to the Maple and cleared with a spray can of Rustoleum Lacquer high gloss. 3 coats overall. There is a pin (a 1/4” long piece of 1/8” brazing rod) at the top where it swivels open. It opens very easily with one hand. Where his tie knot is/was, there is a 1/4” rare earth magnet that holds it together. Also let me ad, these are super, super smooth, so you can just hold it in your hand and run your fingertips over it. It is a method of soothing the soul. There are things called “worry stones, meditation stones”, etc., out there that kind of sparked this idea. Thank you all for your thoughts again, and thnx for checking in. Any and all comments, good/bad/ugly are appreciated. He was a good guy, and he will be missed. His Memorial Service is tomorrow. I’ll be there.

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

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#1 posted 01-24-2015 12:42 AM

Let me ad these few other pics of my version of “paint pyramids”. It’s a whole bunch of staples shot in a scrap piece of 1/2” ply. It works fantastic when spraying a finish on small parts. It looked like I was baking cookies…

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

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#2 posted 01-24-2015 12:43 AM

Those are great!!!

They will surely be cherished, for years to come.
A very nice thing, giving them to the widow.

I’m sorry that you didn’t have a chance to share your shop with him….
Well, now you HAVE!!!

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#3 posted 01-24-2015 12:49 AM

Thnx Randy. Yes, he had been “coming over” for some time, and, well, you know.

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

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 12:51 AM

OH, this was my 1st rough sketch of what was happening between my ears… my, yep, I’m gonna say it,....brain. LOL I originally thought of making a window so his eyes were looking out, but, after I showed my wife, and I realized, the thought of that, was a bit creepy. Plus, my original thought was to put a small base under it. That still would be pretty cool.

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

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 12:55 AM

Very nice tribute. I’m sure his kids/grandkids will appreciate it

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#6 posted 01-24-2015 12:57 AM

A wonderful tribute and way of remembrance……God bless his memory.

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 01:49 AM

Damn Roger, you are busier than a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest!

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 02:04 AM

IMO you did a hell of a job !....A great tribute…..Well done !

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#9 posted 01-24-2015 02:04 AM

they are very neat, a nice way to keep a photo handy.

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#10 posted 01-24-2015 02:17 AM

Well Roger let me say this
You are a kind and caring man with a big heart !!!!
A man I much appreciate to count as a buddy .
The Comfort Locketsturned out very well and I must commend you for the effort and thoughts you put into this project .

One thing I have to mention is the finishing board with all the staples ,you need practise and get them in rows . LOL.

Take care and be well and thanks for sharing this with us we all appreciate it .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 01-24-2015 02:21 AM

well done Roger.

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#12 posted 01-24-2015 02:32 AM

Well done, Roger. Nice write up. I can read the thought and caring that went into this project. I am certain that the family appreciates them beyond words.

PS. Don’t leave the nail bed with the points up on the shop floor.

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#13 posted 01-24-2015 03:22 AM

HI Roger,

That is a very cool process and it was very kind of you to make them for his family.

Did you use the same products that she mentioned in the video?


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#14 posted 01-24-2015 03:26 AM

Sure is nice of you to do all this work Roger and I’m sure the

recipients will appreciate their comfort lockets for years to come.

A fine tribute Sir.

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#15 posted 01-24-2015 03:38 AM

Roger. Great idea. I think I may steal it.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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