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Project by Triumph1 posted 09-20-2018 06:07 PM 1205 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I would show you a piece I worked on for a client. He handed me a 1950 Pontiac Chief hood ornament and said he wanted a stand made for it. He gave me free reign on the design. This was the outcome.

The main portion was made from hard maple. I wanted the stand to carry on the art deco style of the hood ornament. I made a fixture to level out the ornament so I could take design measurements. Once I figured out what the level dimensions were I made a card board template and used that to cut the general shape of the stand. I then made one routing fixture, that I modified three times, to made the “rays” in the piece. The rest was shaped using a spoke shave, block plane and a disc sander.

Once I had the main support piece done I designed the base. It was also styled in an art deco theme. I used a rabbet router bit to get the steps in the figured black walnut.

Finished with four soakings of Danish Oil and two coats of wax. I actually had so much fun doing this piece I purchased three other vintage hood ornaments for myself:)

Have fun making sawdust! Back in the shop for me.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 09-20-2018 06:34 PM

Wow, this is really attractive.
You might have stumbled upon something here. Different ornaments, different designs…....I have to believe people would love these displayed on there desks at work or in the man-caves etc.
Start with the popular models and expand from there.
I want this and I don’t even own a classic car.
Where did you purchase your other 3 ornaments?

Very well done! A+

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 06:44 PM

Love it. Perfect homage to the original style.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Woodknack

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 06:58 PM

Nailed it, recalls the original hood shape.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Triumph1

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#4 posted 09-20-2018 06:59 PM

Thanks Mike! Man…you are just north of me.

I picked up two hood ornaments off of Ebay and the third one came from an estate sale. We look for them now.

I am in the same boat. No classic car but I loved how this looked and I wanted one. I can’t wait to start on the others…it’s on my very long list of things to create!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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Triumph1

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#5 posted 09-20-2018 06:59 PM

Thanks Douglas! I was really trying to capture the art deco look.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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Triumph1

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#6 posted 09-20-2018 07:01 PM

Thanks Rick! Yes, I wanted to level it out so it looked correct. I thought angled wouldn’t look right.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 09-20-2018 08:30 PM

That’s way cool. You nailed the Art Deco.

-- Mark

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wood2art

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#8 posted 09-20-2018 09:29 PM

Great work. Fits the era of that car perfectly.

-- Jim, Minnesota

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Phil32

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#9 posted 09-20-2018 09:56 PM

Beautiful! I have a flying quail from my Model A Ford – think I’ll try something similar. However, the base of the flying quail is actually the radiator cap. . .

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#10 posted 09-20-2018 10:20 PM

Love it, one of my favorite styles, art deco.

-- Dan Wiggins

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gbear

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#11 posted 09-20-2018 10:38 PM

What a great piece…now I want one. I love art deco…you really captured it!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Rick S...

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#12 posted 09-20-2018 10:48 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Jeff!

Regards: Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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Rick S...

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#13 posted 09-20-2018 10:51 PM

Sorry. Double Post.

Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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shipwright

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#14 posted 09-21-2018 12:14 AM

This was a man who knew where to take his hood ornament. He could not have chosen a better place.
Great work Jeff!
Totally sympathetic to the era, the ornament, and to the purpose.

...... excellent …..

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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oldrivers

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#15 posted 09-21-2018 12:33 AM

Outstanding one great piece of Art you really nailed it, a Grand Slam.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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