Working with recycled timber #60: Ben Clark Memorial

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-24-2016 10:16 AM 1834 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 10:23 AM


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#2 posted 08-24-2016 10:32 AM

Too young…Beautiful memorial sir….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 11:26 AM

Fantastic craftsmanship! And such an appropriate memorial. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 11:41 AM

Nice job Rob, you did well to cut that out with a Bandsaw, when I saw it I thought of scrollsaw.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 08-24-2016 12:14 PM

Nice job Rob. I’m sure his mates were very appreciative.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 12:29 PM

Very nicely done, Rob. I, too, was surprised at the bandsaw work. Impressive! Sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 08-24-2016 04:57 PM

Very nice project from recycled wood!

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#8 posted 08-25-2016 07:26 AM

OK possibly some Trade Secrets revealed here.

Yes the fork lift was done with a bandsaw, now if you look closely at the middle hood/roof of the Fork Lift near the indentation there is a small piece of timber inserted to fill the entry point of the bandsaw blade as it was used to profile out the drivers area.

Originally The Fork lift was all the same thickness as the rest of the frame. but with carefull disk sanding the edges were radiused down, very carefully I might add!

This effect is possibly most noticable on the fork tyne.

Where the material came from,

Almost unbeievable eh but checking the edges of some of the scrap gives it away a bit.

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 09-04-2016 08:03 AM

A nice way to honor him. Sorry for your loss

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

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#10 posted 09-10-2016 10:51 AM

An Update.

I received a message with this photo attached, it looks like Ben’s mates have mounted the memorial in the lunch gazebo area.

As its a better quality image than the ones I took, I thought I had best add it.

-- Regards Robert

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