Sword Plaque

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Project by paratrooper34 posted 10-24-2013 10:28 PM 1802 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very simple project, I accept that. I am posting it not only for the wood project, but for what is on it and what it is made of.

The sword was a gift from my former company commander given to me as his First Sergeant when his tenure came to an end. It is a traditional NCO sword, and a very nice one at that. The board is chestnut that was reclaimed from a barn built circa 1859. I got a couple of these boards and made a keepsake box from one and thought I would use some more of it for this. As you can see, it is full of worm holes and nail holes and has lots of character. It had a bunch of coats of paint on it and a pretty good twist in it that had to be planed out. I used chemical paint stripper on it as I assumed at least some of that paint was lead based. After stripping, planing, and cleaning up, it looks fantastic. It is finished with BLO which really brought out the “personality” of this old, beautiful wood.

I hung it in my newly constructed TV room in my basement that I spent the summer building. I am posting that in another project. It looks great hanging from the soffit and has settled in to its new found place among the memories of my new room.

The pictures also show what the chestnut board looked like prior to reclamation.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 10:35 PM

Mike it looks great on there. Great job keeping it simple but showing how nice both pieces are.

-- KDW

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 11:20 PM

Mike, glad to see you back in the saddle. That a great mount for a special keepsake, the sword looks like a very special gift.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 10-25-2013 12:34 AM

Thanks Gents! Kevin, see my latest project as to why I have been absent for so long.

-- Mike

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#4 posted 10-25-2013 08:58 AM

Nice work and what a great gift….. Congrats to you….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-25-2013 04:39 PM

That is a wonderful heirloom now and you’ve done a great job of displaying it. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 05:22 PM

A project doesn’t have to be complicated and elaborate to have meaning. Your Sword Plaque is beautiful, well crafted and has, along with the sword, special meaning to you.

Great job!

Thanks so much for sharing.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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