Tribute for a Friend

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Project by Desert_Woodworker posted 12-24-2021 04:53 AM 598 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tribute plaque for a 1969 Vietnam vet, who still remembers not having dry socks over there. It started with the insignia-

With Aspire software I converted the image to workable vectors (many hours). I put the 3d model on hold and converted it to laser engraving.

The frame is cut from Medex on a CNC, the coating is pewter from Sculpt Nouveau coating, and the 2 laser plaques are from TroTec materials, 3mm brushed aluminum/with a black.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#1 posted 12-24-2021 05:03 AM

Nice clean work DW…

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#2 posted 12-24-2021 05:22 AM

Good to see a laser being used for a decent project rather than smutt and puzzles… and the occasional box.

I can appreciate the effort required to vector from an image… and all those handcut dovetailer dare to whinge.

I was bemused you engraving on some TroTec material… if it’s the same company, I’ve had my Trotec laser for over 12 years but never tried any of their media… I’m strictly a pyromaniac on wood… and as the missus says,”you’re (cest moi) no pyro”...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 12-24-2021 05:28 AM

Looks good from here DW. I’m sure he will love it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-24-2021 05:59 AM

Excellent work- a great tribute for a Vietnam Veteran! High five to your friend (& you for such an awesome gift).

My dad was in Da Nang (1968-1969).

Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas!

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 12-24-2021 11:50 AM

Very nice tribute. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 12-24-2021 04:56 PM

As usual very excellent work. Would expect only the best from you. Nicely done.
Merry Christmas.

-- Ron

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#7 posted 12-24-2021 05:18 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#8 posted 12-25-2021 12:58 AM

Awesome work DW!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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