I made my first “commercial” piece…and by that I mean that I did it for free for a friend because the local craft shops don’t do knife holds that allow the knife to be still usable.
Honestly it was a personal challenge to figure out what I wanted, but the trace feature gave me the exact dimensions of the knife to allow me to level it and design base holders that fit.
The words and logo are traditional style complete with the inside joke at the bottom.
(For non-military folks, it’s kind of like gallows humor.)
The moving parts were layered PG 1/8” burch plywood - which I picked to add more accuracy to the depth options. (1/4” was either much to small or allowed for to much wiggle room.)
The plaque was raw oak and I really wanted to pretreat it to make it easier to clean smoke marks after, but my friend didn’t know for sure what stain he wanted to use.
The moving holders are attached by screws through the bottom…GF for the big win on that as I was able to “pre/drill” them while cutting.
I think I learned a little bit more about using pins or dowels for layers…as in, I need to next time…but the matching marks on the surface of the plaque allowed me to use an actual drill to get through the oak and thus the screws and top parts were aligned.
I also learned (relearned) that making a jig saves more time than I not. Hand alignment process with constant refocus, sucked.
For those of you who do plaques/awards, (or just woodwork) what can I do to get a darker engrave without more smoke?
Does raw wood or pre-treating work better?
Do certain woods work better for these?
I think I might start making them locally…but I haven’t ever seen the knife as a part of it really, what should the price difference be for a “specific item“ build? (I’m not looking into going into a full-time for-profit thing, but it did take a lot of time to design out for that specific blade.)
Any other tips?
Thanks in advance for any advice!