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post #1 of 7 Old 09-05-2011, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Trophy time

After all the cutting and gluing and cutting and turning round I finally put the main body of the trophys I am making behind me today. They range in size from 5 to 8 inches and 2 1/2 to 5 inches diameter. As you can see they may look similar, but each is a unique piece, duplication is not in my vocabulary. The bodies are made from 1 inch pine, the bases will be plywood and the house topper will be black walnut, 1 step down two to go. Here they are on holders ready to be stained before they go to the laser engraver, more pics to came as this progresses.



















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Once again, that's some very nice work. As usual.

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Have had to drop back and punt with the trophies. It turns out that standard white pine does not take well to the laser engraver, the grain popped out in places making it impossible to fill the engraving with paint as planned. I am going to move the logo to the house toppers and change from walnut to maple for the houses. Of course this necessitated putting the one engraved trophy back on the lathe and sanding out the engraving. Oh well, live and learn, just a minor speed bump in the life of another project.

The trip to the engraver wasn't a total loss though, came home with a real nice maple slab for the body of a shaving horse that is next on my project list.

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Was able to get all the houses finished and ready for the engraver today. Felt like I was building an oversized monopoly game.
Here is one of the first place trophies. They are all stained with Golden Pecan oil base. The maple house here has yet to be sanded and fit flush to the top. Got some of the bases cut and glued together this evening, ran out of clamps. The houses and plywood bases will not be stained and after final assembly the whole trophy will will be finished with either satin or high gloss polyurethane, haven't decided which yet. BTW that is not a crack in the house just a dark line in the wood.



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What, no chimney!?!

Nice work, though!

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I've actually been tossing that idea around, have lots of walnut that might work for that.

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So here they are, finished and ready to be awarded. The logo was laser engraved and filled with brown paint to maintain a natural wood look. As with any new project there were some challenges to be overcome and many lessons learned along the way. The obvious lack of identical duplication was intentional, mostly on the woods part, to make each a unique piece. Glad they are done, satisfied with the look, would love to go back and start over again knowing what I do now.
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