Arrow Of Light Plaques

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Project by eruby posted 06-27-2020 08:56 PM 250 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project that I have posted in a very long time. After a couple of kids and two moves I’ve finally set up my shop enough to start woodworking again. Besides pinewood derby cars, these are the first things produced in the new shop (it’s a garage).

My oldest son and thirteen other scouts earned their Arrow of light (AOL) and bridged out of the pack this past February. The other 2 den leaders and I built each scout one of these plaques. (picture two shows all 14 displayed at the blue and gold dinner). I did the wood working, one of the other guys 3d printed and painted the numbers and fleur-de-lis and the other one ordered the name plates and made the arrows from a kit. It took two of us a couple of hours to assemble them all after the finish dried. Overall a very rewarding project but a lot of work.

Plaque construction
The plaques are 32” long 1×8 poplar boards. I used a pattern to route the design in the middle (can see it upside down in the background of pic 3). I sprayed gold spray paint into the routed areas and sanded them back once the paint dried. After that I routed a roman ogee profile around the edges sanded everything to 220 (probably could have stopped at 180) and applied the finish.

Charles Neil’s Pre-Color Conditioner followed by a red cherry dye mix (found in Charles Neil’s custom color recipe book) and three coats of gloss water based polly.

What I learned during this project:
Eagle America has fantastic customer service – (I had an issue with one of my router bits and they sent me another one with no questions asked)
Making 14 things takes longer than I thought it would.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#1 posted 06-27-2020 11:21 PM

Very nice! This brings back a lot of happy memories. All three of my sons earned the AoL but none are Eagles. Based on the input from a more experienced leader, I painted arrows with stripes to signify their achievements.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 06-28-2020 02:29 PM

Thanks Steven. The arrows hanging beliw the plaques have stripes denoting the scouts accomplishments. I even glued a reference chart to the back of the plaque that tells them what each of the stripes mean.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#3 posted 06-28-2020 03:11 PM

Hah! I totally missed the arrows hanging there!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 06-30-2020 03:35 PM

Very nice.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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