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Walnut base for memorial fire bell project

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Project by BusterB posted 07-14-2013 02:25 AM 1078 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently recieved a request from the local fire chief to make a base for a memorial bell to be used at official fire department functions such as funerals. I went over and looked at the bell they had salvaged off of an out of service truck. Its 10 inches at the base and has a 1 1/2” x 3” threaded shaft that is designed to allow it to be mounted to the front bumper. Best guess, it weighed about 30 pounds. Well I had some black walnut that I had been saving for a special project. The 3’ planks had been laying in a guys attic for several years and were in pretty sad shape (not to mention hard as a rock…lol) and I really had to do some material management to have enough to finish the base. It is 12” x 12” with a lamanated block in center where the 1 1/2” hole is bored. Included is a 10×10” sub-base to allow them to more easily tighten the nut on the shaft. Its finished with BLO and will eventually get a coat (or two) of paste wood wax. If I could go back, I might have put the lighter (sap wood???) piece in the middle but was still impressed with how the BLO made the grain pop. The paint drawing was the concept I gave them and they accepted….crude but allowed me to kind of show them what i had in mind.
This was my first time working with walnut and if nothing else was a nice break from making those oak poster frames for the elementary school…lol
On a personal note…the local fire/rescue guys are all volunteers and really do a lot for the community so I was really honored to be asked and even more honored to be able to help out.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 02:42 AM

Great job, Buster!! They will really appreciate you for making that!!
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BusterB

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 02:45 AM

Thanks Jim….how do you say no to a great bunch of guys like that???

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Todd Barrone

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 03:27 AM

That’s pretty cool idea sir, great work as usual.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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BusterB

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#4 posted 07-14-2013 03:44 AM

Thanks Todd…. I enjoyed getting to do something different. Need to get you come down and show me how to run a router…fried another one on those danged oak picture frames…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 07-14-2013 09:45 AM

great work buster,and for a great cause also.my father in law is a volunteer fire fighter and i think its special to help them out if you can.i haven’t worked with walnut yet but when i do i hope it turns out as nice as this did…..

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 07-14-2013 12:02 PM

Good job, good cause

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 07-14-2013 02:10 PM

Great project for a great group of guys. Nice work Buster!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#8 posted 07-14-2013 03:22 PM

Marty- Thanks bud…You ever able to convince your wife you were on summer vacation yet???

Monte- Thanks sir. I cant imagine how you would have designed this thing….3 inch slabs and live edges…would have been sweet I am sure

L2L- Thanks Lee, they are a pretty good group of fellows…most days…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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bluekingfisher

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#9 posted 07-15-2013 08:17 AM

Well done you for helping out on a worthy cause. I’m glad you’re pleased with the finish. BLO seems to have done the trick.

But on a more serious note, have your southern pals seen that new avatar, you’re settin yerslf up fur a whuppin Bubba Lol.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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drbyte

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#10 posted 07-15-2013 01:11 PM

Great job Buster! Hope mine turns out as nice as yours. Sadly we just lost a firefighter on June 24th to a heart attack while fighting fire. We had to borrow a bell for the ‘bell ceremony’. It is a real tear-jerker during that ceremony. You can read it here: http://www.buncombecountyhonorguard.com/Protocols/RINGING%20OF%20THE%20BELL.pdf
There’s never a dry eye in the place. I have started an Oak ‘bunker gear holder’ (to hold the coat, boots, and helmet of the deceased firefighter) for the service and hope to make a bell stand and find a bell soon for our department. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis, WV

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BusterB

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#11 posted 07-15-2013 03:20 PM

David- Thanks bud. What can be more clean cut and wholesome than a german dog outline of the American flag???? Probably could have scored a few points locally if he had been done in camo…lol

Dennis- Thanks for the link…I didnt know there was so much tradition in one little bell. Impressive

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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