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Project by duelly posted 04-06-2008 08:12 AM 2806 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a member of the Perry Fire Department for 37 years I have made different clocks for raffles that we have but, these plaques are for our departments Past Presidents and members who have recieved the Fire Service Award that is given every April at our Annual Banquet and tonight was no exception. 2 more names will be added to these plaques for a job well done in the past year. I have recieved this award twice now since 1971. I went to my friend who has 1” thick Walnut and got the layout of all of the metal nameplates and placed them on the board to get the holes in place and marked each place where a plate goes. after that I cut the shape out on the bandsaw and rounded the corners with a 3/4” round router bit. Took a few minutes to do all of this but, I spent more time sanding the 2 pieces starting with 100 grit paper on my orbital sander and finishing with 400 grit. I turned the piece over and put two keyhole cuts in the back using the router and a straight edge to make them level. The 2 pieces were ready for a clear coat. I used a high gloss polyurathyne with 4 coats on each board. Looks Super. I let it dry overnight and half way through the next before I started adding plated and drilling the holes for the small, small screws. I had ordered 100 plates so I would have some extras if I needed them for another project. Then I put 2 round Fire Department Emblems on each side with a gold plastic base. Then placed a firefighter statue on the top with a half 4” circle for a base and both come out spendid. These both are now done and ready to hang in our recreation building for years to come. Getting time to get a couple others made due to the original ones have only a couple years left on nameplates. I am glad I didn’t hang them up. Looks out of plumb to me.

-- duelly in Perry, NY

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#1 posted 04-06-2008 11:59 AM

Hi Duelly

You did a very nice job on these beautiful plaques. Congratulations on 37 years of service to the Perry Fire Department. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 04-06-2008 03:26 PM

Great looking plaques. Looks like you could make them for other departments also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-06-2008 03:29 PM

Thank you and your fellow fire fighters for all that you do!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 04-06-2008 04:19 PM

Very nice looking plaques, hope you get many awards and none postumostly. A very brave and worthwhile profession. My hats off to you. and all those who serve. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 04-07-2008 04:05 PM


These are really nice plaques. They are a nice tribute to the job that you and other firefighters like you are doing.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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