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Project by DaleM posted 04-13-2011 05:18 AM 2054 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple years ago I answered a wanted ad on Craigslist and made someone a welcome sign which was my first project posted on LJs. Someone saw that welcome sign and wanted to know who made it and requested two projects. The first is this plaque, and the second is a welcome sign that I will be posting soon. This plaque is for her husband, presented for reaching the twenty year mark in the Army. There is a blank spot where his eventual retirement date will be. My inspiration for the dunes was Greg the whodat’s frames and I believe Greg was inspired by Andy. Thanks for sharing guys. This was a lot of fun, but made a lot of dust making the dunes with the angle grinder and sanding flaps. I added the last picture just wondering if anyone else is reduced to working this way due to eyesight not being quite what it used to be. I usually have the headlamp and reading glasses on as soon as I start working now. I believe my wife found it a little amusing so she took a picture. Besides the angle grinder, I used a drill with sanding disks and hand sanded on the dunes. For the carvings I used a router, dremel and a few different gouges, chisels and knives. The plaque is made from mahogany with water-based poly finish. One day I’ll learn how to take decent pictures.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 06:40 AM

You’re pretty good at that carving Dale. As far as the picture taking goes your wife does ok. Next time try some natural light and bracket your shots. It’s the evo setting on your camera. the button that works the +2,+1,0,-1,-2 settings.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 07:02 PM

Wow wow wow, I love that carving that brings back memories for me. I was in the Chemical Corps for 17 years and i loved it. Your carving is totally awesome. I have to make me one of thoses one day. Thanks for the posting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 07:29 PM

Thanks Darrell. It’s my wife’s camera so she could probably show me how to take better pictures. Monty, if you’ve ever been stationed at Ft. Polk, LA during your time in the Army, you would understand why I took up carving. I had to have something besides fishing to occupy my free time and there really wasn’t much else there.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 04-14-2011 02:20 AM

Dale i know what you talking about, i have never been to Ft polk i heard a lot about it . I was station at Ft stewart, Ga. You did have Savanha 30 miles away. I was Station Germany twice, Ft Stewart once, Fort Hood three times not because i wanted to. Korea once and my favorite assignment Ft Carson. None of them was to bad i also loved Germany and miss the food. I did a little wood working while i was in, Just started back when i retired from the Army in 2000. In 2008 i bought me a shed and thats when i started buying tools i got almost my shop the way i want it. Talk to you latter.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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