|Project by DaleM||posted 04-13-2011 05:18 AM||1500 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
A couple years ago I answered a wanted ad on Craigslist and made someone a welcome sign which was my first project posted on LJs. Someone saw that welcome sign and wanted to know who made it and requested two projects. The first is this plaque, and the second is a welcome sign that I will be posting soon. This plaque is for her husband, presented for reaching the twenty year mark in the Army. There is a blank spot where his eventual retirement date will be. My inspiration for the dunes was Greg the whodat’s frames and I believe Greg was inspired by Andy. Thanks for sharing guys. This was a lot of fun, but made a lot of dust making the dunes with the angle grinder and sanding flaps. I added the last picture just wondering if anyone else is reduced to working this way due to eyesight not being quite what it used to be. I usually have the headlamp and reading glasses on as soon as I start working now. I believe my wife found it a little amusing so she took a picture. Besides the angle grinder, I used a drill with sanding disks and hand sanded on the dunes. For the carvings I used a router, dremel and a few different gouges, chisels and knives. The plaque is made from mahogany with water-based poly finish. One day I’ll learn how to take decent pictures.
-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY