Air Assault!

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Project by travislucia posted 09-07-2013 09:49 PM 1569 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I got out the new hand held router and went to town making this 10.5 in. Air Assault badge for my office here at Fort Hood. It was the first project I have tried routing that wasn’t just regular old letters and numbers. If you have never tried something like this with the router then I encourage you to try my method. I simply printed the outline in the appropriate size and then used a heavy coating of spray adhesive to stick it to the board, cut the shape out on the the scroll or band saw. Then just simply trace the lines using your router. I have been having a lot of fun creating things like this lately and I always stain and sometimes paint them afterwards but i’m wondering what you guys use on top of stain to give it a true finish? Thanks for looking! Air Assault!

-- Measure Once, Cut Once, Be Unique

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 10:10 PM

Hooah! Been many years since Air Assault School but those were good times. I’ve never tried freehanding with a router but this makes me want to give it a go.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 11:32 PM

Outstanding work as free hand routing is not easy—you’ve done a very nice job. Looks great! Thank you for your military service.

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

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 11:45 PM


Great work. Had two assignments at Hood, one in each division (reflagged 2AD to 4ID on second tour). Do they still have a big woodworking hobby shop on post?
I use a lot of wipe-on poly, because it is almost foolproof. It is also tough enough to take the banging around on those PCS moves.

-- Dave K.

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 02:14 PM

@sgmdwk Thanks for the tip, I actually went there for the first time yesterday only to find out that they were closed down 3 months ago because there dust collection system is broken. No sign of reopening anytime soon as it seems. I couldn’t believe how big it was and how much equipment they have and now its all just sitting there collecting dust….because the dust collector is broken..haha

-- Measure Once, Cut Once, Be Unique

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 02:27 PM

That’s pretty darned neat! Well done!
What router did you use? What bit?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 02:32 PM

Fix that collector!!! Got to be what you need somewhere on base if you are scrounge enough to go find it. If you offer to fix it, maybe that will get the shop back up and running.

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#7 posted 09-08-2013 06:20 PM

I used a 1/4 in round nose bit and sunk it maybe 1/8 deep. I have a Dewalt Hand Held 1 1/4 HP router. Picked it up about a week ago with 15 bits. I can’t put this thing down! Its my first router and Im having tons of fun with it! As for fixing the dust collector, apparently its the fact that they moved it to far away from the building (beautification) and now it doesn’t have enough suction power to work properly. They guy said the place makes less than $200 a month and has a hard time justifying spending the money to fix it when our governments budget is….dicey. However the new budget comes out in October so i’m hoping that will bring good news. I live on post so I have little room to work with, all I really need access to is a table saw, maybe a planer, a band saw and a few other randoms.

-- Measure Once, Cut Once, Be Unique

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#8 posted 09-10-2013 12:50 AM

Nice badge! I was at Ft. Hood in ‘92 with 1st Cav, 115th FSB. Keep up the good work. What’s next? Any other badges or insignias?

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