|Project by BusterB||posted 02-05-2014 02:31 AM||633 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
A buddy of mine recently got promoted to First Sargent for an engineering battallion and asked me if i would make him a nameplate for his desk. As we discussed how he would like it to look , he mentioned he would like it made out of cherry and have raised letters instead of them being routed. I told him that i would start looking for some cherry and he told me that he had a cherry log and that I could have whatever was left over when it was finished. Well his cherry log looked more like a railroad crosstie and I had an interesting time getting it down to a manageable size. Thank goodness for a recipricating saw with an extra long blade. Once I got the blank cut out we had to wait for it to dry out enough to use… MC was at 28%. Well while I was in soggy wood delay, I drew up a scetch of the engineers logo (well as close as I could get anyhow) and used it to cut two of them out of poplar on the scroll saw. I showed them to him as kind of a lark but he liked the idea so they were intergrated into the design. A good three inches of my original blank split as it seasoned so it wound up being a tad bit more cramped than I had intended but he was ok with it. Thinking he didnt want to wait for another blank to dry out…lol I softened the edges with a 1/4” roundover bit and its finished with a couple of coats of tung oil. Proud of you sarge!!!
-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)