Captain America Shield

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 01-26-2011 05:47 AM 1958 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned piece for an Air Force unit whose nickname is the Dark Knights. Usually when a member departs they present them with a sword and shield. This particular member earned the personal knickname “Captain America”. So instead of the traditional medieval shield, they asked for a Captain America shield.

It is made from 1/2” birch ply. 24” diameter, cut using the router and tramel arm. Then I replaced the straight bit with a v-groove bit to define each of the circles. The star is cut from 1/4” birch ply. The hole in the center holds the units challenge coin.

I originally wanted to stain it to allow the woodgrain to show. I first tried using Minwax water based gel stain. The results were extremely disappointing. So I cut a 2nd one and had the store custom mix a quart each of red and blue water based stain. I made sure to used a water based conditioner before even attempting to apply any stain. While it turned out better, it was still blotchy and didn’t meet my standards. So finally I went with paint. I think it turned out pretty nice.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 09:04 AM

cool when you throw it dose it come back .

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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