Going ashore for the last time....ding ding

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 11-24-2013 04:34 PM 2163 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A recent retirement ceremony inspired this one. It is tradition for a retiring Sailor, Marine, Coast Guardsman, etc to request permission to go ashore for the last time at the close of the ceremony. When granted, the retiree is piped ashore for the last time. The ceremonial bullets are set up like the plaque, only larger of course, with fellow service members standing next to the bullets saluting the retiree as he or she passes.

I am complete for the plaque; however, still needs engraving, rank insignias, etc in order to personalize whenever I find someone to give it to.

These are 20mm casings with ambrosia maple bullets and turks head knots. The base is oak with the carpet made of sapele. I turned the bullets with a bottle stopper mandrel and a quick jig to help to replicate 6 times.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 11-24-2013 05:12 PM

Very nice!! that will make a retired seaman very proud, especially with his/her name on it!!
Good job on it- it has lot so meaning. Thanks for sharing…........cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 05:59 PM

You did a nice job on it and whoever ends up with it will be proud of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#3 posted 11-24-2013 07:40 PM

Very cool and nice tribute to a long standing tradition…

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

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#4 posted 11-24-2013 08:12 PM

I got an extra wool wheel at a garage sale that I put on my Beale polisher mandrel for shining brass.
It does a bang up job on old casings.
I’ll be in the shop next week and will photo up the polishing process.

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

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#5 posted 11-24-2013 09:33 PM

Wonderful gist idea.

They deserve the final attention

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 11-24-2013 10:21 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!


-- The difference between Genius & Stupidity is that Genius has it's Limit!

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 02:18 AM

Thanks for the comments gents.

Pete, I would like to see your set-up…..I do need to shine these casings up a bit so I welcome your input.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 01:19 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 11-26-2013 02:56 AM

Well done, and a very nice tribute to the retiree!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 11-28-2013 02:19 AM

First rate job mate!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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