Navy Mustang Challenge Coin Holder

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 07-08-2013 12:57 PM 2640 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sequel to the Navy Chief Goat challenge coin holder I made a while back.

The short version background for Navy Mustangs: The Navy refers to officers who came from the enlisted ranks as Mustangs. Common slogans heard are “Up from the ranks” or “I or we did it the hard way, I or we earned it”, etc.

So why Mustang you ask: It refers to the Mustang horse, a wild animal and therefore not a Thoroughbred. A mustang, after being captured, can be tamed and saddle broken but it always has a bit of wild streak, and can periodically revert to its old ways unexpectedly and therefore the owner needs to keep an eye on it at all times. However, since a mustang was formerly a wild and free animal, it may very well be smarter, more capable and have a better survival instinct than thoroughbreds.

There are a variety of mustang designs used but the most commonly used one mirrors the Ford Mustang logo.

This one was created by expanding the logo in Microsoft Paint and making a pattern out of 1/4” MDF. It is made of 1 1/2” stock poplar and painted with acrylic craft paint. The base is oak stained in a honey brown. Nose to tail is about 33 inches and stands about 15 inches tall.

Fun project as this had its own set of challenges. I recently packed out for a transfer and cut out all the pieces prior to packing up all the tools. Everything was put together and finished while camping at the local campground during my transition from old to new duty station. This was one of those, I promised I would get it done so it will get done projects from a few months ago. Thanks for looking and sharing your comments.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 07-08-2013 01:12 PM

Looks good man.

-- Stephen, WoodTakers

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 01:26 PM

Nice shootin’ Tex.
And as a Mustang I really like the writeup.
Where’s the next home?

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 01:26 PM

That is awesome… Love the explosiveness of the horse. Great explanation of the process too. I need to do a better job of that.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#4 posted 07-08-2013 01:33 PM

Thanks guys…this is one of those stand back and laugh projects…..very fun to put together.

Pete…I’m headed to Pax River. A friend recently told me he knew of much better woodworkers in the area….the Amish. I gladly take second place to them as they define “true” craftsmanship. With everything packed up now, I’m just having fun prioritizing my future projects once I get the new shop set up.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#5 posted 07-08-2013 10:59 PM

Very kool Al. Looks like a Derby Winner

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 09:35 PM

As a Mustang, I must say I enjoyed the write up and the idea!!

-- If my work inspires you, please share your creation with me.

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#7 posted 01-25-2014 04:07 PM

Nicely done Al!

-- "Safe woodworking isn't just about avoiding injury, it is also about avoiding extinction." CKG

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 01:30 AM

Awesome job! I found your project on Google after searching images for “Mustang”. I’m making a plaque for a friend from PAX who was just commissioned. What was your rate?

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 01:47 AM

Thanks for the complement. Are you at Oceana? I have been there, left and returned a few times myself over the past 25 years. I moved up to Pax this past Aug. Congrats to your friend. What type of plaque are you thinking about?

Do you have a lathe? The mustang inlay pens are really popular. Tons of options, let me know if I can help with any ideas.

Al Palmer

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#10 posted 03-13-2014 01:22 AM

I’m going to make a very simple plaque from 12×20 piece of oak with a routered Mustang (Ford logo), two LDO Challenge coins where they naturally fit under the mustang’s head and tail, and his name under that. I don’t have a lathe (yet)

I just got to Oceana in Dec. I loved PAX though and sorry to move away.

I sold my house off of Indian Bridge Rd in St. Mary’s Co. You didn’t buy my Air Hockey table by chance, did you?

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#11 posted 03-13-2014 10:41 AM

Yep, same guy. We have put in many hours on the hockey table….ha. We are really enjoying the area ourselves.

I am sure your friend will appreciate the gift. Make sure to post some pics when you get finished.

Small world….

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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