Here it is, finished and ready to go. Time constraints did not allow me to go nutz like I usually do on a finish. This one is very simple, The actual carved part has one coat of a dark walnut gel stain. I let this get into the crevices on the eagle and then dry brushed it out. Helps high light the eagle. The frame is not stained. Right now it is almost as dark as the carved board, but in a year or so, it will mellow to medium brown giving a nice contrast.
The top coat is several coats of a 2 lb cut shellac. It is then rubbed out with a paste wax in ultra fine steel wool.
The frame was a simple job on the router table and table saw.
I could not find a really good way to secure the medals, so they are held in with very small brass nails/tacks.
It will be going out to the Eastern Shore of Maryland on Tuesday and her Dad will get it on Thanksgiving Day.
I hope he likes it. He is 82 years old, VERY active and quite a character. While I was building it, I thought about how he had literally put his life on the line during WWII. Very sobering thoughts, indeed.
"If you see a good fight, get in it." Dr. Vernon Jones