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Project by KnotCurser posted 10-07-2012 02:47 PM 2070 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I was approached by an ex-coworker of mine who is also in charge of a rather large running event held locally in Howard County, Maryland.

He was kind of depressed with the standard awards that were given out at these events and asked me if we could work together to come up with something for the winners – something that won’t just get tossed in a drawer somewhere.

Here’s what we came up with.

The smaller, darker ones are around 5×7 and were done completely on the CNC Router. The wood is poplar and was stained to resemble a medium mahogany. The have an ogee-style border and also have a keyhole hanger routed into the back of each one. A spray lacquer was used to seal/shine the finished products.

The larger, lighter ones measure 9 1/2×12 inches and feature hand scrolled images and wording as well as a CNC Routed plaque in the lower left. The plaques were cut out using a scrollsaw on a 10 degree angle which gives the pieces pillow-like curves. The main wood is Baltic birch ply and the plaques are poplar. These were given a soak in lemon oil and then a spray coat of lacquer.

This was a LOT more work than I imagined – especially since I really can’t stand cutting letters on the scrollsaw! Doh!

As you can see by the date on the plaques, these were finished just in time for the event.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 02:51 PM

Cool idea ,really well done.

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#2 posted 10-07-2012 03:06 PM

Americans running in metric, Whatever next !?

Good work, Bob. I bet they were pleased.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 10-07-2012 03:22 PM

Nicely done Bob, what kind of bit did you used for the lettering on the shields?

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 03:33 PM


I used a 60 degree V-Bit – you HAVE to make sure that it specifies “V-Bit” on the advert as well as looking that the tip of the bit comes to an absolute point when you buy one. This allows you to do about the tiniest letters you can imagine.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 10-07-2012 05:39 PM

As a point of critique, the plaque says 26.2k. A marathon is actually 42.195km, or 26.2 miles.

See, none of this confusion would happen if you left-pondians would just get with the program and go metric. ;-)

That said, I’d love to get a plaque like this at a running event! Nice.

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 07:13 PM


I guess I will have to change the title of this page…........... although the race IS a 26.2k.

You DID scare me though! I went to their website and noticed that the race is indeed a 26.2k race – 16.2 Miles.

I really never noticed the strange combo of 26.2 and the “k” reference until you pointed it out. I guess they did this so you can put a “26.2” sticker in your car. ;-)

Good eyes!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 12:07 AM

Very nice looking. I can see where there was quite a bit of work in them.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#8 posted 10-15-2012 06:56 PM

CNC, ez as ABC evidently. Nice plaques

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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