My project is stuck on fifty pounds.

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Project by firefighterontheside posted 06-17-2015 09:21 PM 2292 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest is enamoured with firefighters and Firetrucks, so when this gauge froze this winter and was stuck on 50 lbs, I replaced it with a new one and brought the old one home for him. It needed something so we could hang it on the wall, so this is what I made today. I resawed a piece of walnut so that the gauge would mount in it. It needed to be about 1/4” thick. Then with some pieces of scrap butcher block countertop that I have I made the frame. The corners are glued and pinned with the new harbor freight pinner I got. Kind of a test run. It worked great. I then finished it with a coat of shellac and some paste wax. Just have to decide how to hang it. My son wants to hang it on a full size Firetruck that he says I should build for him.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#1 posted 06-17-2015 10:26 PM

Bill, I’ll be waitin’ to see the firetruck you’re gonna build…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#2 posted 06-17-2015 10:28 PM

That turned out really well. Nice work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 06-17-2015 10:37 PM

Very cool Bill for the mini-firefighter…...waiting to see the truck also!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 06-17-2015 11:46 PM

Cool project—fun to hear your son likes it, too! I’m definitely waiting on the full-size truck, too!

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

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#5 posted 06-17-2015 11:59 PM

Cool to see your son interested in gadgets. I vote for the truck too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 06-18-2015 12:32 AM

He’ll treasure that. I too can’t wait for the full sized truck model! He will probably want to live in it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 06-18-2015 12:38 AM

One man’s trash, is a little boy’s treasure! Full sized truck for sure! Thanks for sharing, Bill!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 06-18-2015 12:38 AM

Great project, Bill. It’s cool to share something from work with your son.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#9 posted 06-18-2015 01:13 AM

Bill, a — maybe not quite full size — truck would make a good bed for a boy.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#10 posted 06-18-2015 01:52 AM

Thank all for the nice comments. Don’t tell Sean you all want the big truck too.
Bob, that’s true, but we have a nice set of bunk beds that Cindy’s dad made for them. Maybe when the older one moves to the basement bedroom, but then the younger one may not be into Firetrucks so much. Their closet door is already painted as old fashioned swinging garage doors with my version of one of our Firetrucks painted on.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 06-18-2015 01:54 AM

Well, it was just a thought, Bill, but it sounds like you already have it covered.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#12 posted 06-18-2015 03:16 AM

Well done…. How could he not love it!!!

Full size firetruck…. naaa….
Build him the whole dang fireHOUSE!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 06-18-2015 12:13 PM

Neat idea. Can’t wait to see the truck!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 06-18-2015 01:33 PM

A Very nice instrument display. Nice simple lines. It turned out very nice. I’m sure he’ll keep that forever.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#15 posted 06-18-2015 02:20 PM


Stellar job on the gauge display… looks good…Nice selection of woods, also….Nothing like a neat, sweet project to get the old heart started, and to make your son happy, also….Glad you made the Top 3 with your project….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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