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Sword Plaque

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Project by paratrooper34 posted 279 days ago 758 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Mike





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Vagabondwheeler

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#1 posted 279 days ago

Mike it looks great on there. Great job keeping it simple but showing how nice both pieces are.

-- KDW

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theoldfart

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#2 posted 279 days ago

Mike, glad to see you back in the saddle. That a great mount for a special keepsake, the sword looks like a very special gift.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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paratrooper34

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#3 posted 279 days ago

Thanks Gents! Kevin, see my latest project as to why I have been absent for so long.

-- Mike

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 278 days ago

Nice work and what a great gift….. Congrats to you….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 278 days ago

That is a wonderful heirloom now and you’ve done a great job of displaying it. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Anthony

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#6 posted 276 days ago

A project doesn’t have to be complicated and elaborate to have meaning. Your Sword Plaque is beautiful, well crafted and has, along with the sword, special meaning to you.

Great job!

Thanks so much for sharing.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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