|Project by Matthew Eye||posted 11-25-2016 08:28 PM||589 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
This project was dreamed up by my fiancée for a Christmas gift for her father from the both of us. We worked many, many hours on it, and it paid off in the end.
The two rings (front and back) are made of cherry. Bridle joints located at the ends of each of the eight sections connect the arcs to make up the circle. I made a template for the arcs, my fiancee rough cut them out of cherry on the bandsaw, and then used a pattern bit in the router to make them all the same. I cut all the bridal joints on the table saw, it was tricky getting the angle of each arc correct as well as the arc length, even with the template.
I made the mistake of using the cheapest (quality) Chinese Birch plywood they had at the big box store… I won’t do that again; the stuff would hardly take a stain and before each cut, the cut line had to be taped to eliminate tearing of the paper-thin ply. If I did it again I would make the whole thing from solid cherry. I added 3/4” cherry edge trim to cover the plywood. It looks alright, the plywood is hard to see with the helmets sitting on top.
Needless to say, my now father-in-law loves it and had just the right number of helmets to fill it up. He served 26 years in the Army and collected WWI and WWII helmets while on his many tours; several of the helmets displayed are his own.
Wood: Cherry and Chinese Birch plywood
Finish: some sort of dark cherry stain I believe
Dimensions: 60” by 60” by 11”
-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye