|Project by Pat Cavanaugh||posted 01-26-2011 05:47 AM||1782 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
This was a commissioned piece for an Air Force unit whose nickname is the Dark Knights. Usually when a member departs they present them with a sword and shield. This particular member earned the personal knickname “Captain America”. So instead of the traditional medieval shield, they asked for a Captain America shield.
It is made from 1/2” birch ply. 24” diameter, cut using the router and tramel arm. Then I replaced the straight bit with a v-groove bit to define each of the circles. The star is cut from 1/4” birch ply. The hole in the center holds the units challenge coin.
I originally wanted to stain it to allow the woodgrain to show. I first tried using Minwax water based gel stain. The results were extremely disappointing. So I cut a 2nd one and had the store custom mix a quart each of red and blue water based stain. I made sure to used a water based conditioner before even attempting to apply any stain. While it turned out better, it was still blotchy and didn’t meet my standards. So finally I went with paint. I think it turned out pretty nice.
-- Pat - Biloxi, MS