Arrow of Light

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Project by Rickterscale posted 08-30-2012 06:25 PM 2126 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days before my son Carter was to receive the Arrow of Light award for Cub Scouts, I was told that it is traditional for the father to present his son with an arrow at the awards assembly. I usually work much much slower than starting and completing a project in just a few days, but time was of the essence, and fortunately I was able to knock this out.

Went to my new lathe that I’m still learning to use with my dull tools (don’t have a grinder yet to sharpen anything), and managed to turn a piece of walnut down to about ½” thick. Glued up a few pieces of zebrawood veneer to make the arrowhead and tail feathers.

Fortunately, my lack of planning didn’t bite me in the butt this time. I glued up the zebrawood veneer without giving any more thought to thickness than a rough approximation of how thick would look right and be sturdy enough. Ended up that the glued-up stock for the tail feathers matched nicely with a 1/16” router bit, so I routed out grooves in the end of the shaft to accept the zebrawood feathers, and the stock for the arrow head fit nicely in a 1/8” saw kerf.

The last photo is of the setup on my crosscut sled for cutting the kerfs for the arrowhead. Clamped two stop blocks equidistant from the blade, with the shaft sandwiched between. I had marks on the end of the shaft marking the quartered centerlines, which I lined up with the blade. Wasn’t absolutely perfect, but close enough that you can’t tell it isn’t without really examining it closely.

Finish is about 5 coats of shellac wiped on, sanded with 600 grit before the last coat.

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 07:00 PM

Really nice, he’ll cherish it for a long long time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 07:34 PM

Super cool! Very nice job Rick.

-- If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 12:04 AM

Nice job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 04:13 AM

Well done! He will look at that arrow 50 years from now and remember the day you presented to him. A warm smile will come to his face and it will give him great joy.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 11:59 AM

What a bang up beautiful job you have done here. Very neatly done with good imagination. He will cross over in style and be an Eagle some day.

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 12:11 PM

Very nice. Great meaning behind it as well.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 08-31-2012 06:01 PM

Really great job. I bet you put a lot of other dads to shame


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#8 posted 08-31-2012 08:45 PM

Great job on your Arrow of Light for your WeBeLoS Scout.

I am sure he will cross over to Boy Scouts and have even more fun!


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