F-16 Heads up Display

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Was asked to make a gift for a Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) by his boss. I used curly maple for the sides and top, used mahogany for the corners and the trim just under the top, and used walnut for the heads-up-display(HUD). A friend of mine did the laser work for me, all that is missing is the aluminum name plate that his boss will put on later. I got a strip of multi-colored LED’s from a home hardware store wired it to a switch and a 9V battery.

The picture doesn’t do the curly maple justice, but i finished it wish super blonde shellac, wet sanded up to 800 grit, and sprayed 2 coats of aerosol lacquer. After that I used baby oil (mineral oil) and rottenstone powder to turn the finish as slick as grease. He should a happy camper.

Curly maple – $80
Walnut – free from wood shop trash can
mahogany – free from old salmon cutting board
LED strip – $15

-- 'If you got any, you got plenty'

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 11:37 AM

Nice looking heads up display

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Charles Maxwell

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 01:13 PM

That’s one of the more creative end of tour gifts I’ve seen! Outstanding! Looks like you have the MIG locked on! . . . . Fox1

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 02:50 PM

Thanks Charles. He’s a deputy group commander, but I ended up making him 2 gifts. The other is my last posted project with mount Fuji on the rising sun.

Since we’re up in northern Japan, our real thoughts are on North Korea, Russia and China, so the MIG worked out great, you can even make out the north korea star on the jets wing and vertical stab. When he gets the gift i’ll take a higher resolution photo along with his big smile.

-- 'If you got any, you got plenty'

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 06:30 PM

Nicely done. I am sure the recipient is going to love it. The heads up display is very cool.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#5 posted 06-14-2015 06:45 PM

Very nicely designed and crafted. HUD, what a great idea! The recipient should be bowled over with at the presentation. Great job.

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

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#6 posted 06-14-2015 06:53 PM

A beautiful job and great idea, but why aluminum for a name plate? I think brass would be a better choice. Just my 2ยข’s.

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#7 posted 06-14-2015 07:28 PM

That’s one of the nicest military shadow boxes / displays I’ve seen, well done.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 06-15-2015 06:29 AM

WOW! Absolutely astonish project! What an awsome combination of woodworking and electronics.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-15-2015 12:43 PM

Thank you all. I told the guy ordering it I only have one rule, I never make the same gift twice and he laughed. I have a feeling the guy who ordered it may ask for a second one.

-- 'If you got any, you got plenty'

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#10 posted 06-15-2015 02:10 PM

That’s very creative and is a beautiful piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 06-15-2015 09:03 PM

Cleared for take-off… to awesome land!

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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#12 posted 06-16-2015 05:02 AM

Nice HUD! Great job!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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