Football Award plaques

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Project by tooldad posted 12-01-2010 06:59 AM 5594 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each year the football coach at my school gives the seniors an award plaque. The only thing missing from my photo is the brass plaque with their individual stats. The toughest part is cutting the helmets in 2 pieces. Took a trim saw and 2 people. Any suggestions for next year would be welcomed.

We use helmets that are not re-certified to use on the field for next year. good way to recycle something that would end up in the garbage.

This year was the rebuilding year, last year there were 20 plaques made. This year only 6. Last 2 years before this one, made it to state semi finals. This year, not the same luck. Give it a year or 2.

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 12:13 PM

This is a very cool project and a great way to remember the past. I wish we would have done something like this when I was in school. Looks great. Cutting them seems it would be a chore.

What is the difference of the red and black stickers? Offense & Defense plays?

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 04:02 PM

Nice looking project.

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 05:49 PM

Looks great. Are you making them in your “shop class” with your students? Hope you are. Students tend to like building real world projects.

As for cutting the helmets, do you have a radial arm saw? If so, can the motor be rotated until the blade is parallel to the table? Build a wooden jig to hold the helmets using a plug to go in the ear hole with the helmet on its side. Use a fine tooth multi-tooth blade, preferably 80 tooth. Lock the saw motor where it cannot move on the arm. You can then feed the helmet into the blade and work your way around the helmet. It may look scary but will work. If you want students to cut them, build a box as a guard to go around the blade just leaving enough blade exposed to cut the plastic. I think most helmets are made of polycarbonate now days. Polycarbonate tends to grab sometimes so keep the hands on the side of the jig away from the blade.

Another method would be with a bandsaw. Again build a jig to hold the helmet upside down. Use a fence to guide the jig with the helmet into the blade. This will probably require at least a 14 in. bandsaw, 20 in. would be better.

Hope this helps. I taught Plastics Manufacturing for 34 years so this is typical of what me kids did in class.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 06:05 PM

Yes I do have a student or 2 help that need a project to work on. My students get to choose their project from a list and keep relatively busy. Also the coach wants to keep it on the down-low so the mounting and cutting of the helmets is done by a maintenance worker and myself on plan hours and after school.

The band saw was my first choice, however they are too tall and would require one with at least a 13” height minimum.

I have a big band saw on my wish list, but money talks around here.

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 04:56 AM

I did some of these in a past life as a shop teacher many moons ago. We used a metal cutting band saw as it needed to cut through the faceguard’s hardened metal. I just cut the guard first then into the helmet with it set on the saw table as it would normally sit. I cut at a pace fast enough so the poly would not melt and grab as it surely can. We removed any liners or any other metal along the intended saw kerf. For some we wrapped the helmet portion of the plaque with astro-turf which hid the rough edge of the saw cut. We also made some without and just sanded the rough edges some. We made blocks of matching wood to hold the helmet halves to the plaque. These memorials last a lifetime for the kids. Nice work!

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#6 posted 12-03-2010 05:39 AM

that is just so cool to see some stuff from my home area. i now live in alabama but went to highschool at oakville. used to go to arnold a lot. lot of my relatives still live in area. brother is with jeff. co. sheriff dept. by the way cool idea for a trophy/plaque continue the good work

-- kevin from ne alabama: please lets keep the digits where they belong

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#7 posted 06-15-2012 05:58 PM

I attended that high school. :o) Class of ‘93. I didn’t attend that Middle School though when I took my shop classes. Those are awesome awards! We didn’t get anything near that nice back when I played. Keep up the good work!!!

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#8 posted 06-15-2012 07:25 PM

Very cool trophy for the kids, ive still got my old football helmet kickin around somewhere. Take a peek at the trophy i made for a fantasy football league …

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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