Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

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Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby CarveOne » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:42 pm

A church member and his brother-in-law recently saw the purpleheart wood plaque that I donated to the local Veterans Museum back in 2013 and asked if I would make one for his brother-in-law. This one is made with padauk and is 6" x 8" x 1". Mole City was a name given to a particular location during the Vietnam war. This plaque has been given to the Veteran and he was very grateful for receiving it. Wish I had been there.

Since I made this one, I added a flat top 3D model based on the ribbon outline to raise the ribbon 0.05" above the recessed area to make it stand out a little better if I should make one for someone else.

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Re: Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby signcut329 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:13 pm

Great project, great job.
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Re: Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby mark-s » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:28 pm

Very nice.... from a veteran
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Re: Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby Savannahdan » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:46 pm

Thank you for sharing. Very nice project for someone very worthy of it.
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Re: Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby scottp55 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:01 am

Really Beautiful Carveone! :D
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Re: Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby Xxray » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:07 am

Nice, am a big fan of padauk, watch that dust though its pretty but toxic !

I'm guessing you beveled the edge on a router table ?
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Re: Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby CarveOne » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:59 pm

Xxray wrote:Nice, am a big fan of padauk, watch that dust though its pretty but toxic !

I'm guessing you beveled the edge on a router table ?


I have a small tabletop router table, but I mostly use a Bosch hand router with attached router base that I use on most small projects like this. Then I use sanding blocks made from scrap 1x2 red oak that I stick sandpaper to in order to sand the bevel. I spray a light coat of 3M 77 contact adhesive only on the piece of sandpaper I cut to fit the block and wave it around a few seconds, then stick it to the block. This acts like a Post-it note when the sandpaper needs replacing it is easy to peel off.

Sometimes I use a vertical belt sander and finish it off with the sanding block. Depends on what I am making.

I save the some of the sanding dust from past projects in zip-lock bags. It can be used to make colored filler for for projects I haven't done yet.

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Re: Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby gkas » Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:15 am

CarveOne wrote:I save the some of the sanding dust from past projects in zip-lock bags. It can be used to make colored filler for for projects I haven't done yet


I just recently read (where ??) of using a whirly-type coffee grinder to make wood dust from small chips of wood. It could definitely pulverize into fine dust. I haven't tried it yet, though....
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Re: Purple Heart Plaque for a Local Veteran.

Postby CarveOne » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:23 pm

Interesting concept.

I guess that the cuttings that normally go into the dust collector could be made finer using this method. What I normally save is dust from sanding with 80 grit and finer sandpaper. So far I haven't done anything useful with it other than make filler for repairing chip-out, and that doesn't happen very often.

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