Ranger Moon

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Project by vipond33 posted 1124 days ago 3300 views 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a new truck recently, a Ford Ranger Sport, and I like it well enough but for one thing, and that is the over the top company logos placed front and back. These are not your typical car size, 3 to 4 inches wide but a full 9” by 4” FORD written in script and all that twice on a small truck. I really resist advertising of this sort and also think that no car owner would ever put up with it.
Now the average person would ignore it or learn to love it but we as woodworkers have special powers! that mere mortals can only dream of! So off they came to make a template at the bench and then over to a careful session on the shaper.
Done in no time really.
The rear emblem is Ipe decorated with a scrap of inlay, just a little something for someone stuck at a traffic light to rest their eyes on. I’m hoping it’s calming.
The front medallion is a home run I think. I had an off-cut of Macasser ebony and a tiny chunk of birds eye maple stored at home for some 12 years. From them I found a desert evening landscape with a full moon rising, the man on the moon larger than life, winking at you.
The bed rails are quartersawn Teak ripped from one board and trimmed with stainless steel. It ended up seemingly nautical though I have no love of the water. This many curves in these simple rails has been fun and beautiful but also a huge PITA. The chrome emblems are from the early 70’s. About a forty hour build.
All are multiple coated with Bristol Finish, a two part urethane that promises to last 4 years outdoors in northern climes. We’ll see.


-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 1124 days ago

way to stick it to the man and fight the corporate beast! Seriously, nice “logos” and a big improvement on the typical Ford fare.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 1124 days ago

Very nice!

Now you’ve got me wondering what I can do with my truck’s big, ugly Chevy bow-ties.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 1124 days ago

Pretty cool modification. The front logo is nicely done, nice choices of woods.

Welcome to LumberJocks.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 1124 days ago

Love the man in the moon. Great idea. And the bed rails are as beautiful as they are functional. Nicely done.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#5 posted 1124 days ago

Awesome….now what can I do to my suv?

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#6 posted 1124 days ago

whoa, that’s pretty freakin cool man. I like those logos a lot, nice job

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#7 posted 1124 days ago


The bed rails are nice, the tailgate piece is sublime, the front logo—-I just do not have the words to express what I feel. That you could come up with that from scraps stored for years is incredible. That you could see future beauty in the maple and save it is a statement on your talent. Absolutely wonderful. Oh, and the truck is nice too—even if it is a Ford.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#8 posted 1123 days ago

Like it!! maybe i’ll do that ;-))

Charlie Good reson to go with Ford. Easier to fix this defect ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 1123 days ago

Great idea and well done, Gene! I believe the Ranger is identical to the Mazda B2300. Is there anything to identify your truck as a Ford now?

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#10 posted 1123 days ago


That’s a great idea! We never could understand why corporations charge such high prices for us to advertise for them! You showed them! That makes for a very nice custom job and may leave a few wondering who the custom manufacturer is!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 1123 days ago

thanks for all the kind comments, good stuff, surprising stuff.

Charlie: They come off easy. send me a picture when they’re done. Let’s start a trend.
Fussy: It ain’t much of a ford now. just a ranger in its last year of production.
Chris: Just the paint colour and twin Ranger badges on each side. Yeah, probably not.
L/W: I hope so, at the very least they would not run into me.


-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#12 posted 1123 days ago

Ditto’s to all the above! I like very much!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#13 posted 1123 days ago

I don’t remove the manufacturer emblems, but I draw the line at toting around the dealer’s name on the car I paid for. Those come off immediately.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#14 posted 1122 days ago

I wish I still had my 1966 Ford F150 3/4 ton.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 1121 days ago

love it, great work. I cover the GAINT manufacturer names on the back of my keyboards for the same reason.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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