M50 Machine Gun Prop

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This Halloween prop was fun to make. Hopefully, Martin wont reject it for not being wood enough. Ha!

”The 4×4 solid antique WOOD body was salvaged from a 1982 fence and was restored to original condition, the gun barrel was salvaged from a flag pole that was bent in the tornado of 95 which was meticulously drilled on a antique drill press from the 70s. The gun site was hand screwed from a real 1982 combination square from home depot and an eye bolt from Ace hardware. The tripod was re purposed from a 1987 white bros. transit and spray painted with authentic gun metal gray spray paint to exact military camouflage specifications. The grab handles were very hard to find in my drawer of leftover hardware. We used union approved black tie downs to attach the gun to the vehicular military apparatus.” Ha! Yea…..right.

Halloween 2010 – Take America Back with Haunted Arlington Grave Yard/ ATV ride

We like to go all out for Halloween. It’s become a fun tradition in our community that gets a little bigger every year.

To honor all of the fallen Soldiers who fought and died for our freedom, we wanted to show our appreciation for their ultimate sacrifice. Halloween originated as a way to honor the dead so we mixed the two and had a party.

These two young men wore their relative’s real army uniforms for halloween.

Jack was ready to party!

This year, my wife and I gave some of our friend’s kids a slow ride around the haunted grave yard on the ATV.

William is my good friend Doug’s kid and woodshop buddy. He likes to drive the ATV.

They ran around and had a blast playing army with the toy gun props and swords.
So un- PC. Just like when we were kids. Nobody died or needed therapy.

The large American flag on the front of the house is from my father in law, Jim Newman’s memorial.
He served in the Navy, as did his father and brother, and was actually stationed on Navy Pier in Chicago.

I learned many things from him such as a good work ethic, honor and conservative values. I know he would have been proud to be a part of this. I know it seems a bit extreme in these times but it was well received.

As a Navy vet, not a redneck gun nut, I want to thank and support all of our men and woman in the Military who believe in America and what it still stands for…. Freedom.

and having a sense of humor helps.

-- mark

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#1 posted 1250 days ago

It’s not wood..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 1250 days ago

What fun that must have been!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 1250 days ago

Very well said, Reedwood. I couldn’t have said it any better. I carved these words on my “Quiet Patriot” cane: front and back: “God Bless America” and “In God We Trust”; left and right sides: “Home of the Free” and “Because of The Brave” You can see the cane at Projects/44075. We need more Americans who think and believe like you.

PS: I looked into all your other postings, and WOW! You are the furniture maker I wish I could be . . . . I’m only a carver. Only if you were closer LOL! Can I learn a lot from just watching you ! ! !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 1250 days ago

Hey, it’s got wood in it and you made it, so what’s more fitting than to share it with us here?

As an ex Canadian army type, thank you for your service. On behalf of our fallen brothers and sisters, thanks again for this lovely way of honoring them and telling the next generation about them.

D/Major Paul Elshoff
Essex & Kent Scottish (ret)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 1250 days ago

Now that’s an attention getter!!!!!
Good work and thanks for the support. Retired US Army myself. Out guys and gals need it!
Thanks, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 1250 days ago

”...on an antique drill press from the 70s”.

I really do hope you mean 1870’s. Otherwise, (Sigh) You are making me feel REALLY OLD..

It is a really cool project.

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#7 posted 1249 days ago

Sounds all had a good time and it was for a good cause

-- Norman

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#8 posted 1249 days ago

I need one for my Yugo. That will bust his self esteem next time when he is park beside a Mercedes or a BMW.
All the soldiers want to know that their service is respected. Nice thing to do.

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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Ryan Bruzan

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#9 posted 1249 days ago

One would be nuckin futs not to be interested in what you share reedwood. Great story, great project, great post!

Semper Fi,

Ryan Bruzan

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#10 posted 1248 days ago

Thanks Little Paw and Ryan,
I’m flattered considering all of the real woodworking I’ve seen on this site.
Hell, I’m just a box building carpenter that likes to spin a good story now and then. But it’s nice to be appreciated.

Big Thanks to Big Tiny, Ryan and BTKS for your service.

I was a E4 Machinist Mate stationed on the aircraft carrier, The Enterprise out of Alameda, California.
It was during peace time so I have nothing heroic to talk about but, at 19 it was an incredible experience.

I was going to boot camp to be a SEAL but I accidentally fell asleep on night watch in San Diego.
Doh! goodbye. back to the Navy. It was brutal anyway. The Navy was much more my speed.

I believe the Navy helped me grow up fast, learn responsibility and be part of a team.

-- mark

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Monty Queen

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#11 posted 1238 days ago

Great job on that 50 cal you built, I love all your work you are a great carpenter. You said you believe the Navy helped you grow up fast, learn responsibility and be part of a team. The Army did the same for me. I served 22 years from 1978-2000. It was one of the best things that happen to me. You have superb craftsmanship. Keep the postings flowing.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 1222 days ago

I love that photo of your son on your lap riding the Terminator vehicle. You can tell he’s real proud of his Old Man. You’re a good dad and role model! Nice project too!
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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#13 posted 1220 days ago

I wish my little Buddy, Prince William was my boy.
All though, at 53, I can barely keep up with our 2 Golden Retrievers!

He is the little surprise of our best friends we were planning on spending our better days, vacationing, traveling, sharing a sailboat and summer homes with.

Now we have something else wonderful to share.

”Life happens while your making plans.” - John Lennon

-- mark

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#14 posted 1183 days ago

I appreciate the sentiment that guided you towards making this prop, and I love props, but what I’m most interested in is the tripod! I have seen beautiful versions of this kind of tripod as art pieces in customers’ homes on deliveries, and they have always fascinated me with their lines. I plan on making one as soon as I have my shop set up! Thanks for the reminder!

-- Make it, hack it, break it, fix it.

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