Cherry Desk Nameplate For Sarge

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Project by BusterB posted 02-05-2014 02:31 AM 1476 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine recently got promoted to First Sargent for an engineering battallion and asked me if i would make him a nameplate for his desk. As we discussed how he would like it to look , he mentioned he would like it made out of cherry and have raised letters instead of them being routed. I told him that i would start looking for some cherry and he told me that he had a cherry log and that I could have whatever was left over when it was finished. Well his cherry log looked more like a railroad crosstie and I had an interesting time getting it down to a manageable size. Thank goodness for a recipricating saw with an extra long blade. Once I got the blank cut out we had to wait for it to dry out enough to use… MC was at 28%. Well while I was in soggy wood delay, I drew up a scetch of the engineers logo (well as close as I could get anyhow) and used it to cut two of them out of poplar on the scroll saw. I showed them to him as kind of a lark but he liked the idea so they were intergrated into the design. A good three inches of my original blank split as it seasoned so it wound up being a tad bit more cramped than I had intended but he was ok with it. Thinking he didnt want to wait for another blank to dry out…lol I softened the edges with a 1/4” roundover bit and its finished with a couple of coats of tung oil. Proud of you sarge!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 03:37 AM

Nicely done Buster! Congratulations to your buddy. Please tell him ‘Thank you’ for his service. Thank you for sharing Buster.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 03:39 AM

Great transformation from that ugly log Buster. The nameplate looks great with raised letters rather than the router bit. Nicely done. Glad it was you cutting down that big log and not me, but it’s worth the effort.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 04:27 AM

Great job buddy! I really like the creativity, and you nailed the logo and 1st SGT stripes.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 06:08 AM

Very nicely crafted! I’m likewise happy for the TOP”S promotion, I’m sure he is deserving.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 07:03 AM

Great job Buster.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 08:59 AM

Nicely done sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 11:25 AM

Very nicely done Buster…great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 12:24 PM

Candy- Thanks pal, will pass along your regards to Richard.

Dave- Thank you sir. It was a challenge. I either gotta get a bigger band saw or develope better control with a chain saw…lol

Hoss- Thanks buddy. Really wish I had that sorta skill. They came straight from the the px…lol I did do a pattern for a set of stripes but was having issues deciding the best way to cut them out. The hole I was gonna have to drill to use the scroll saw was going to be too big….maybe I need to work on carving skills as well…lol

Russell- Thank you my friend. He is a pretty good egg.

L2L- Thanks Lee

Monte- Thank you sir

Dave- Thanks Buddy. Hope y’all are having better weather down yonder than we are up here.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 11:19 PM

Looks good Bud! When I first saw the “castles” I thought it was some kind of chess pieces! LOL

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 02-06-2014 01:48 AM

great work,buster.really like the castle look.i’m sure your friend will really love it!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 02-09-2014 08:29 PM

Very nice job on the plate!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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