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03-03-2017 03:47 AM

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I was voluntold to make a plaque for a retiring firefighter. The person was the head of our extrication team for the last 16 years and served as a judge for numerous competitions in his career. I came up with the idea or making a wood plaque baed on a ball diamond. I will secure some old arms from a jaws of life tool along with his fire shields and his badges.
The problem I am running into is how to cut this out and make it look straight and arched correctly. I don’t have a steady enough hand to free hand this. I was thinking of making a template out of hardboard or 1/4” mdf and then routing out with a template bit.

I appreciate any help on this project.

Thank You

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”


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#1 posted 03-03-2017 07:39 PM

Template routing is a good approach to this.

If you search on the web for “baseball field diagram” you will get lots of images that can help you draw out the field on your template.

A simple trammel can help with the curves infield line. Then either free-hand and clean-up the cur, or use a circle-cutting jig for band saw or router

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 03-03-2017 08:03 PM

“Voluntold”? That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that term, but now I know what I’ve been doing for the past 18 years since I got married and, even more so, since my kids were born. I’ve “voluntolded” for so many unseemly tasks without ever even knowing that’s what I was doing.

Thanks for clearing that up for me!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#3 posted 03-05-2017 04:23 AM

Yeah I get voluntold to do things all the time. I missed one association meeting and then I get a message later that night that I am in charge of next years Open house for the Fire department.

I have attached how I am envisioning it in my head.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#4 posted 03-05-2017 05:36 AM

You could draw a circle with a compass the size you want then draw the 2 radius at a 90 degree angle.

-- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!

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#5 posted 03-17-2017 01:42 PM

Ok so I have the base all figured out now just looking for suggestions on mounting badges, pins, and the Front sheilds from his helmet.
I was thinking of epoxying threaded rod to back of badges and the pins and bolt to board with recessed nuts on the rear. The front Sheilds I am not sure what to do.
Here is a picture of the front sheilds incase anyone is not sure what they look like.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#6 posted 03-17-2017 01:47 PM

You could put the router on a trammel to cut the arc.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 03-17-2017 02:35 PM

I have the arch of the diamond shape all done. I am just trying how to mount all the trinkets I have to include.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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