Of Course I said Yes ... Arrow of Light

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Project by ChrisK posted 02-25-2012 12:55 AM 6591 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I asked if I could build an Arrow of Light Ceremony Candle holder for my son’s Cub Scout Group, Pack 477. Of course I said yes. The Candle holders and Arrow are SYP, the base is 6/4 Popular. I milled the SYP from the a piece of 2X10 from the blue big box. I found a good straight and mostly clear piece right on top.

No special techniques or jigs used.

I would like to say a special thanks to tenontim for pointing me to the toy makers dye I used to color the wood. I wanted a bright finish that let the grain show through. The aniline dye was the perfect ticket. I will use this finish in the future. The overcoat is gloss clear coat from a spray can. The color is very sensitive to water. The Titebond II would cause the color to run.

The arrow is about 42 inches tip to tip. Thanks again to tenontim for the help.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 04:42 AM

Nice job, the dies are cool idea, I like the fact that the grain still shows through

-- Save every piece of scrap, the best things come from what others cast aside --

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 03:19 PM

Your son will appreciate this for years to come. It’s cool when they can say”My Dad built that.” Scouts is a good program and good for young boys & girls.

Nice job.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 06:31 PM

This really turned out good, Chris. You’re quite welcome for the info on the dyes. I use them occasionally, and they’re very vibrant. Try sealing the pieces right up to the glue line with shellac prior to glue up, if it has several colors coming together like this piece. If not, dye it after assembly.
I’m sure the Scouts are proud of this.
Thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 06:39 PM

Thats cool, nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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