If you follow my many exploits with recycled timber you may have seen the Smiths Potato crates I repair and in the process make a variety of items rescued from the rubbish pile.
Well I was approached to make something else this time.
The Fork lift driver who delivered the Potato Crates for me to repair, Ben Clark passed away at age 45.
He had been with Smiths for 20 Years and his mates wanted to make a memorial for him using some of the timber from one of the potato crates.
This was my effort in assisting them
Its an off cut from the damaged boards.
The timber is Jarrah
As you can see its covered in Mud and dirt from the potatoes, however beneath the weathered surface lies some beautiful timber.
So out with the wire brush and metal detector first up, then into the thicknesser to bring it back to its former glory.
I used the bandsaw to cut out the fork lift profile and normal saw for the backing pieces and chamfered the edges.
The engraved plate was supplied by Ben’s work mates
All I did was sand the timber and then using polishing compound and buffing wheel produced the final result
I screwed the pieces together and returned them to Bens mates to set up somewhere within the Smiths Complex.
-- Regards Robert