One of a kind -- I suspect

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Project by Coloneldon posted 05-01-2009 06:06 PM 3212 views 8 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I suspect not many of you have made one of these. Neither had I until now. My neighbor is a Firefighter and he came over last week and asked if I would help him make this (He watched and I worked—but that is OK—it was fun). Anyway, his station has an annual agility contest and he wanted to have a permanent trophy in the firehouse to put the winners name’s on. So I designed this trophy. The hard part was—how to get the cross pieces to look right/fit. After a few days of thinking I came up with the solution. I glued up some walnut 24” X 6” X 6”. Then while it was square I marked out where the cross pieces were to be located. Took my drill press and cut holes using my large hole saw (cut to max depth). Then with my router using a spiral cutting bit I removed the insides. I then drilled the hole deeper—kept at this until I had the holes were deep enough so that they would still be there after the turning. Then put this on the lathe, cut the pommel, shaped the rest of the column and final sanded. I then turned the arms to fit the holes, even with the holes in the column I was not satisfied that glue alone would hold them in place over time—afraid someone would pick it up by the sides and they would come loose. So I drilled out the center for a recessed 1/4 lag screw in each. Then I made the nuts to cover the holes (free hand and with jigs on my drum sander) once satisfied on the shape I put them on the lathe and turned pegs on one end to fit the hole I drilled for the lag screws. Did the same thing for the top nut. Finally I made the nuts to go around the top ledge (these are the only parts that I worry about staying on—they are just surfaced glued to the top (end grain to long grain) hope they hold. Finished this with my favorite hand rub poly (General Finish Top Coat).

Hope you like it. I know the Fire Dept will. Col D

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#1 posted 05-01-2009 06:25 PM

That looks great. I love the detail you went into. I know that if I were a fire fighter at that house, I’d be honored to have me name on that trophy.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#2 posted 05-01-2009 06:32 PM

Holy Smokes !! That is a great project ….the fit and finish are both remarkable : )

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#3 posted 05-01-2009 06:46 PM

I just have to say….WOW!!!!

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#4 posted 05-01-2009 06:47 PM

They sure came to the right guy. Great project well done! Love it!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 05-01-2009 06:49 PM

VERY nice -
And you are right—NOT something that you are likely to find on a store shelf—or even at a craft show.
Which – at least to me – would make it even more fun to create.

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#6 posted 05-01-2009 06:51 PM

will this get lots of praise. I’m sure they will feel very honoured to have this trophy.

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#7 posted 05-01-2009 06:52 PM

Haveing a customer over my shoulder while I’m working is never fun, infact it really bothers me. I hope you charged him well for it. Nice job, it looks great.

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#8 posted 05-01-2009 06:57 PM

Incredible work!!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#9 posted 05-01-2009 07:45 PM

aint that cool !!!!

nice work

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#10 posted 05-01-2009 07:54 PM

Very nice! Welcome to LumberJocks.

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#11 posted 05-01-2009 07:57 PM

Awesome job!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#12 posted 05-01-2009 08:31 PM

Brilliant !

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#13 posted 05-01-2009 08:54 PM

That is about the neatest thing I’ve seen!

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#14 posted 05-01-2009 09:12 PM

that is outstanding i love it

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#15 posted 05-01-2009 09:28 PM

My dog just tried to pee on my computer! Looks that good!!!

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