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Project by ToddHolmDotCom posted 11-27-2017 04:00 PM 669 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a combined 37 years of Federal service as a Marine and then as a civilian working at Marine Corps Base Quantico, one of our Gunnery Sergeants is retiring. She served in the Marine Corps Band for over 20 years before retiring from the Corps and coming to work at one of the schools on MCB Quantico. The NCOs asked me if I could make a few things for her retirement. These chevrons are the first of three projects. The walnut was harvested from the base at Quantico, so it will have special meaning for her. It is roughly 12” X 8”.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."





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richardchaos

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#1 posted 11-27-2017 05:48 PM

How did you carve the M-14s?

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#2 posted 11-27-2017 08:41 PM

I think they are most likely M-1’s Your Gunny will like this. I know I would.
I think gunnery Sergent is about the best rank in the Corps. I was station at Q from 1969 to 1972. R L R M/Sgt USMC (Ret)

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#3 posted 11-28-2017 12:00 PM

outstanding and a beautiful tribute

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 11-28-2017 01:46 PM

Richardchoas, a long time ago I realized I could be really good at woodworking by spending many hours perfecting the art of cutting dovetails, using a hand plane and carving with a traditional chisel and mallet or I could spend money to buy the tools that do those things for people who aren’t that talented. I chose the latter. The entire chevron was carved with a Romaxx CNC engraver.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#5 posted 11-28-2017 08:08 PM

You broke my heart TODD! But great piece!


Richardchoas, a long time ago I realized I could be really good at woodworking by spending many hours perfecting the art of cutting dovetails, using a hand plane and carving with a traditional chisel and mallet or I could spend money to buy the tools that do those things for people who aren t that talented. I chose the latter. The entire chevron was carved with a Romaxx CNC engraver.

- ToddHolmDotCom

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#6 posted 11-29-2017 02:30 PM

Hahahaa

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#7 posted 11-29-2017 02:38 PM

Wow! This is beautiful work and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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