USMC Force Recon Wall Plaque

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Project by Jim posted 09-14-2014 07:02 PM 3217 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece found a USMC Force Recon wall plaque and wanted to buy it for her dad, a former force recon marine, to put in his car shop. The plaque is $90 and is 13 inched across. I told her that 13 inches is too small for his shop and the plague does not have all the correct items/words that his unit used.

So I decided to make one myself. My plans have the disk at 36 inches in diameter, the wings are 44 inched across. The finished piece weights 30 pounds.

- The disk is MDF with cherry veneer and kitchen counter laminate on the back. The black rings are cherry veneer with ebony stain.

- The parachute is from 8/4 poplar and is finished in amber shellac. I used the shellac for the color that I wanted for the part.

- Wings, made from 4/4 cypress cut from one piece (segmentation), carved and shaped, finished with wipe-on ploy and glued back together.

- The scuba diver is cut from one piece of 4/4 cypress, shaped, painted and glued back together.

- The pathfinder flame and wings (on top of the parachute) are made from beech, walnut, aspen, cherry, and mahogany. I used a combination of intarsia and segmentation for this part.

- The letters are made from aspen. Each one cut out on the scroll saw.


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#1 posted 09-14-2014 09:01 PM

Damn hat is nice. Came out incredible.

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 09:23 PM

Man that is one super cool project. Well done!! And that is one serious looking glue up – wow.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 09:34 PM

One more picture.


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#4 posted 09-14-2014 09:35 PM

You got all the elements correct, thank you.

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#5 posted 09-14-2014 10:48 PM

WOW ! I like your style Thats really very good.. Great skill and vision well done..

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#6 posted 09-15-2014 06:29 AM

Now that is really a nice piece of work. Bet you have a couple hours into that. I’m pretty sure you blew someone’s mind when they saw it. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 09-15-2014 11:41 AM

Very impressive! Thank you to all the vets out there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 09-15-2014 04:00 PM

That is awesome. Great job Semper Fi

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 09-15-2014 04:18 PM

Great plaque—thanks for sharing!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 09-15-2014 05:48 PM

Very impressive! Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#11 posted 09-15-2014 10:55 PM

Looks great!! That will most certainly be appreciated!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#12 posted 09-16-2014 12:02 AM

Great looking plaque! I’m sure he’ll really appreciate it!

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

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#13 posted 09-16-2014 12:12 AM

Photo of me and my brother when I gave him the plaque.


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