|Project by CBoone||posted 11-16-2015 09:34 PM||668 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Over the past several years, a few friends and I have had the chance to hunt on a beautiful piece of property in central Texas. We always try to do something each year to show our appreciation to the gentleman who owns the property, so this year we went the handmade route. I happily volunteered to take on the project since I had made a similar plaque for myself and needed a good excuse to make another one. We wanted to make something unique, so I decided to make my first attempt at wood burning. The ranch name is done with hot stamps, which is fairly easy as long as you keep everything in line and spaced properly. The bottom line “est.1981” involved a little free hand work that required quite a bit of practice on scrap pieces. Other than that, a pretty straight forward process; glued up a walnut panel, rough cut with a jig saw, finished it on the router table with a template, sanded up to 600 grit, and several coats of danish oil. One of my buddies was kind enough to donate the antlers from a deer that he had taken from the property on one of our first trips a few years ago. Overall, I think it turned out pretty well.
-- Casey, Houston, TX