|Project by BusterB||posted 07-14-2013 02:25 AM||1107 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
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)