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Navy Paddle Plaque

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Project by OG51 posted 05-12-2019 11:41 PM 324 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fun little project for my daughter. She is separating from the Navy and wanted a plaque to commemorate the event with a fun paddle plaque.

Mahogany for the face, walnut accent and oak for the handle. Wrapped in Navy blue colored para-cord. Tung oil with spray on lacquer finish. A little under 3 feet tall.

Custom cnc patterns.





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mel52

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#1 posted 05-13-2019 03:46 AM

Cool looking paddle. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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OG51

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#2 posted 05-13-2019 05:14 AM

Mel, thank you. Not sure with my wood selection at looking at the pictures. The mahogany is over powering the cnc patterns just because the grain is so pronounced and my opinion…gorgeous.

The previous mahogany board I used was a solid brown so didn’t even think to check the grain.

My daughter loved it so I guess it doesn’t matter.

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Tooch

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#3 posted 05-13-2019 09:56 AM

Very cool and nice looking CNC work. How did you join the handle to the paddle?

I’ll bet doing the wrapping with Paracord took some time… But it came out great!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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OG51

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#4 posted 05-13-2019 03:19 PM

Tooch, unfortunately I did a terrible thing and used pocket screws to join the handle to the paddle. It should be hanging on a wall so shouldn’t be banged around a lot but definitely a weak point.

If I was ever going to do another one again I would probably use a dovetail or pinned mortise and tenon. I had a rough idea in my head so just started cutting. I really should start making plans again before I start cutting.

There is about 75 ft of para-cord on the wrap so it did take a bit. Only because I was winging it. I am not Navy so don’t know what the traditional wraps should look like.

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robscastle

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#5 posted 05-13-2019 10:50 PM

Nice work I am tipping a SEAL will get a rude surprise next jump!... and may possibly wanting to paddle somebody big time!

Otherwise some very well produced work ..Good stuff!!

-- Regards Rob

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