|Project by TomTinkerSum||posted 05-20-2012 08:02 AM||1169 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
Finally we’ll start putting some of those projects online. This is a first project post for wife or I. We did this combo design for my previous Skipper(Navy Commanding Officer) as a gift from the XO during Change of Command events. This is our first real commission together. I lowballed the amount of time required on this… Live and Learn.
We are glad everyone liked it and it was a personal gift created by someone in his Command. The P-3 Orion is the Navy’s current sub chaser, long range patrol aircraft. This is showing an aircraft on station, dropping a torpedo from the opened bomb bay. The sub is shown at snorkle depth in lower left of water. A light coat of tung oil was applied to get the slight curliness of the cherry to pop. This added to the natural waviness of the wood, amplifying the ocean feel. Command coins were recessed into frame with Forestner bit. I need to get the exact mm bit size for these things. If anyone has experience recommended bits to go with, I’m open to suggestions.
I coordinated with the boss—Wife(Not CO or XO) and did the most of the stuff with the frame and backround. The Mrs. cut out the plane(LOTS of sanding there too) and then the woodburning. I think she did AWESOME, especially since she has hardly seen a Navy P-3 Orion.
Wood used: Plane-maple, Sky backround-Mahagony??, Ocean-Cherry, Frame-Walnut Finished it with a couple coats of natural stain and about 5-7 coats of Deft Gloss spray-on poly.
I would like a sprayer someday, as I have used a friend’s in the past. Miss you Wendal, most of all for guidance and just a good dude. I’m sure grateful for a artsy, hobby supporting, very Lovely Wife.
LumberJocks you are all inspirational!!
-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)