Navy Machinist Mate Logo in Wood

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Project by ju7281 posted 07-17-2015 09:31 PM 1812 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a logo for the Navy Machinist Mate, that I made out of Brazilian cherry, for a friend’s retirement shadow box. The first two images show the piece in it’s “natural” form, with no engraving and a coin in the center, but it can be made with nothing, or anything in the center, as long as it fits. The last photo shows what it looks like after I had it engraved with everything my client wanted on it (I erased his name using Photoshop to protect his identity so I could show this online), and it’s also sitting on top of the blue felt inside the box.

The piece is 11 1/2” in diameter, each blade measures approximately 4” from the outer edge of the center ring to the edge of the blade and 7” from edge to edge on the long axis of the blade. The finish on this piece is water-based black cherry stain from General Finishes, and water-based polyurethane from Minwax. One of the things I realized with this wood is that with such a dark stain, I had to wipe it off right away, while it was still very wet, to get the grain to show through. If I let it dry at all, it would completely cover the grain, and rubbing it off would leave it splotchy, which happened on some of the other pieces of the shadow box, forcing me to sand them down to bare wood and redo them. But I think this is a very nice finish for this type of wood.

This piece was intended to be an accent for the shadow box I’m building, but after showing it to some of my Navy buddies, it’s kind of taken on a life of its own. I’ve gotten several orders for some with and without engraving, and one friend wants me to make a bunch for him to sell/give away. So, you never know what’s going to happen, but I’m definitely “living the dream” now :)

Thanks for checking out my stuff and leave me some comments if you want.

-- Joe, Georgia,

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 11:48 PM

I like both the ‘before engraving’ and the ‘after engraving” versions. And I thank the recipient for the service they rendered.

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#2 posted 07-18-2015 01:54 AM

Awesome work. One of my favorites.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 07-18-2015 03:08 AM

Thank you both! And observer100, I’ll pass on your appreciation for his service to my friend.

-- Joe, Georgia,

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#4 posted 07-18-2015 12:44 PM

Great gift idea. Simple in one sense yet very unique. I am sure this will be a hit by all who see it.

-- -Al, Oak Harbor, WA

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#5 posted 07-18-2015 02:54 PM

It’s a nice looking plaque. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 11-07-2015 10:50 PM

I’m looking into a machinist mate shadow box for my Husbands retirment coming up this summer. Does anyone know who makes these to buy?

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