|Project by paratrooper34||posted 10-24-2013 10:28 PM||909 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a very simple project, I accept that. I am posting it not only for the wood project, but for what is on it and what it is made of.
The sword was a gift from my former company commander given to me as his First Sergeant when his tenure came to an end. It is a traditional NCO sword, and a very nice one at that. The board is chestnut that was reclaimed from a barn built circa 1859. I got a couple of these boards and made a keepsake box from one and thought I would use some more of it for this. As you can see, it is full of worm holes and nail holes and has lots of character. It had a bunch of coats of paint on it and a pretty good twist in it that had to be planed out. I used chemical paint stripper on it as I assumed at least some of that paint was lead based. After stripping, planing, and cleaning up, it looks fantastic. It is finished with BLO which really brought out the “personality” of this old, beautiful wood.
I hung it in my newly constructed TV room in my basement that I spent the summer building. I am posting that in another project. It looks great hanging from the soffit and has settled in to its new found place among the memories of my new room.
The pictures also show what the chestnut board looked like prior to reclamation.