commanders plaque

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Project by sgtq posted 01-30-2011 08:18 AM 8306 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the army it is a tradition for the Non Commissioned Officers of a company to present the outgoing Company Commander with a farewell momento, usually each NCO donates to a pool of money and the Companies Guidon (flag) is taken to a local frame shop, matted and framed. This usually costs around 270 dollars so I decided I would like to do something a little different and I knew if I could pull it off it would save some money for the company so I convinced my First Sergeant to let me give the award a try, I started with some ponderosa pine panels glued together I than measured the guidon and sketched out the shape onto the panel, I used a dremel plunge router and straight routing bit and began a horrible proces of routing the whole shape of the guidon, (after this project I immediatly went and bought a real router) It took me about 8 hours to rout the whole thin about a eighth of inch at a time. Once that was complete I routed the space for the panels and company coins. I hand sanded than applied 3 coats of Minwas red mahogony stain and 2 coats of gloss polyurethane. Once everything had dried and set I cut down a sheet of acyrilic and used screws too attach it to the panel, I than glued the small engineer castles over the screws to hide them. The total price for this project was around 40 dollars and I’m pretty sure my last nerves lol. The outgoing commander seemed pleased and once again I learned some valuable lessons so it was a great project. Thanks for looking.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 04:41 PM

Nice idea, and well carried out.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 01:04 AM

Great job! I still have a framed guidon that I got as a First Sergeant, but it doesn’t look nearly as good as what you made. One of my coins came unglued, so your idea of routing out a space to inset the coins is a real winner. The real router and a larger bit will be money well spent for the future.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 04:38 PM

Good Job, I serve in another service and those parting gifts always mean so much more when someone works on it and it’s just not a store bought item. It’s really cool you took the time and effort to do that. Good job and thank you for the Job you do!

FYI… All Lowe’s give a 10% military discount but you have to ask for it (or tell them you want it, works better than asking), and have military ID (dependent, active or reserve). A lot of Home Depot do the same but it’s not a company policy like Lowe’s.

-- ‎"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 05:55 AM

Man, with a Dremel!? Wow! Heck of a job! It looks great! En-ga-neer-UP Sappa!

USMC 1371

-- christopheralan

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 08:20 AM

After seeing some of your projects it really makes me appreciate your comments thanks guys.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#6 posted 08-20-2011 01:59 AM

Essayons!!! Great job on the guidon display. I bet your commander loved it.

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#7 posted 08-20-2011 12:14 PM

I’ve got a similar plaque…it is always nicer when it is hand crafted, shows a greater connection with the outgoing commander and the unit.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#8 posted 08-20-2011 01:42 PM

Really nice effort and good thinking; it looks great and everybody saved a little money.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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