Cross Country Medal Holder

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Project by MadGerman posted 10-27-2015 01:53 PM 1669 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all-

I have a new project that I finished the other day. It’s a medal holder for one of my sons. He’s on the cross country running team at school and wanted something to display his medals on. He was hoping for a simple board with some nails on it, but I think I exceeded his expectations.

I used my geometry skills and laid out a symmetrical arrow design on a piece of red oak and cut it out freehand with my jigsaw. The universally recognized cross country running logo is “CC” with an arrow through it, by the way. I bought some letters at a local craft store that were the perfect size. I know, shame on me for buying the letters as opposed to cutting them out myself, haha. However, their size was perfect for the design I had.

I routed the back of the letters and the front of the arrow so it looks like the arrow is running through the two Cs. The issue of how to attach the piece that will hold the medals was something that I had to do on the fly. I was originally going to attach it to the letters, but since they are just made of MDF, I knew they wouldn’t support the weight of numerous medals as well as the main board with the brass hooks in it. So I got creative and cut some pieces of aluminum and used them to connect the medal holder to the arrow. I painted them with the school colors, which are maroon, black and white. The maroon and white supports along with the black letters really “pop”. Then I attached the board, also red oak, with the brass hooks on it to the aluminum and then screwed that to the arrow. Two hangers on the back of it, and it was complete.

I’m very happy with how it turned out, especially since I did most of the design on the fly. I like to think that I have a pretty decent creative eye for things that don’t always follow traditional plans or designs. I also like to think that I’m capable of adapting to things that pop up as a project is in the works. When I made the hope chest for my wife, I had to make many changes to that design as I was making it. You can see that project in my project files. (If anyone wants more detailed pics of that, I’d be glad to take them for you.)

Next up is a hat rack for my other son, incorporating his school’s logo. I’ll be posting that one up when I’m done with it as well.

Anyhow…that’s it. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-29-2015 11:08 AM

Nice work, good creativity! It just ‘looks right’ (not too much, not too little). I know how hard it is to come up with something different and yet have it look attractive to many people who will be seeing it for the first time. I think you hit the mark!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#2 posted 10-29-2015 04:00 PM

That’s a great looking project,

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 05:38 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys. I’ve got another project in the works for my other son. Stay tuned. I think I’m addicted to making sawdust!

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