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shadowbox for Mauser ready for the torch

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  1. steelfingers

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    Shadow box is ready for torch then lacquer. Adding a moon and star (white/small) in the upper left side representing Turkey it being a Turk Mauser.
    A touch up with some wood putty, that there is no need for but I ocd, in the tiny indentations of the brad nails. Burn tomorrow morning, church then varnish. It should resemble the reloading table that got the same treatment.
    Redneck DIY.....sure, but if the shoe fits.......wear it? shadow box.JPG
     
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    Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

    Oh, and it's dang good to see you more active here as well.

    Awesome!!!!
     
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    Thanks Terry. I have to do what I can then rest. That is not something I will accept long run. I can't sit and watch TV. Not in me.
    I'm ashamed to have people do for me. I'm trying to push myself a bit past max everyday I can. Sometimes it kicks me in the butt. I can take that
     
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    You sir, are a credit to our gender. You da man.
     
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    I agree whole-heartedly.
     
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    I'll triple that!
     
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    I like how you use what looks like Romanian type 2 AK bayonets for the mounts. Did you cut the blades off or they somehow going to be poking out the back?
     
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    @steelfingers we'll be looking forward to seeing the finished shadow box.

    The first time I learned about torching wood was back in 68' when I was a 18 year old kid in the Army assigned to the 518Th Combat Engineers in Panama prior to volunteering for and going to Vietnam.

    We were redoing our company day room and after hanging the bare plywood our platoon sergeant taught a couple of us how to torch the wood to make it sorta look like paneling......as you know the trick is to not hold the torch to close to the wood and to keep the torch moving to avoid burnt spots.

    The day room ended up looking really good and I've used the torch technique a few times since then on projects.
     
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    Cut the blades. I get a ton of flack for doing that to historic pieces but there are millions of these available.
    I think they look cool as an addition in the colors of the period and not removing a historic artifact.
    The blades extend an 1/8th inch inside the board. I have cut out slots for them to fit through. This gives them extra holding power for weight. I put a dark copper screw through the bayonet loop (that goes over the barrel when attached) with a bolt in the rear. Super strong. the back board is 1" but we know that's not true, but I have the perfect size. The side trim gives you plenty of room in the rear for hanging. I'll take some metal pieces and form them in a horseshoe shape and attache them to the top of the handles of the bayonet's. The metal is covered with 3m tape that has the soft side to not scratch the stock.
    More than you wanted to know. Ha
     
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    I'd use this when I was in college for my Kenwood stereo and speakers. Put them on cinder blocks. Cheap but looked cool. This was important to a kid with no money to buy proper furniture.
    Nothing matched in any place I had. I guess you could say my apartments were feng shui (although the interpretation has been bastardized because it means wind water....Ha)
     

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