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    PurpleHeart Jolly Roger

    This is a Birthday Present for a "Turning 10" li'l girl who is a Pirates of the Caribbean FREAK.

    The base, or "Flag" portion is simply 1/4" ply, covered in black Felt.

    The Skull & Crossbones, or "Jolly Roger" section is scrollsawed from 3/4" Purpleheart - and man, lemme tell ya, that stuff is HARD - DENSE - HEAVY.

    Now, seeing as how Pirates were not particularly known for the prcision of their work, I wanted this thing to look a bit "rough" - so, I found a skull & crossbones design I liked, printed it sized to fit the 6" wide board I had acquired, glued it down & proceeded to cut the thing out with my scroll saw.

    I used a 3/8" roundover bit to ease most of the edges, including the eye sockets, but left the "teeth" just as the squared edge of the board came - keeping with my "Rough" theme, I sanded it smooth - well sort of - with the 60 grit on my belt sander....and left it that way, sanding scratches showing along with the grain.

    Following some finishing advice for PurpleHeart that I found here and on some of the other boards, I misted the rough-sanded wood lightly with ArmorAll, as a UV shield, and then gave it one heavy, sloppy, gloppy coat of urethane Spar Varnish - again, in keeping with my "Rough Look" theme, I deliberately just kind of slopped it on.

    All in all, I really like how it looks - and I must admit the photos don't do it justice.



    Pepsi Can included for scale reference:



    And a closer shot of just the Skull:



    Thanks for looking, gang - and thanks for the help.

    -Kevin in Indy (She's gonna LOVE it!)
    Last edited by Kevin Vernon; 06-08-2008 at 06:55 AM. Reason: Get the photo tags right
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    That should be a big hit with a pirate freak. Very cool.

    And I like the way you got the Pepsi can to stick to the wall like that. Very clever.
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    AArrrrr! That be a Fine Jolly Roger!

    Great Job!
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    Neat. Hope it keeps that color.

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    That is some fine work, I'm sure it will be a BIG hit!
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    Hi Kevin ,
    Nice job cutting the skull and cross bones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That should be a big hit with a pirate freak. Very cool.

    And I like the way you got the Pepsi can to stick to the wall like that. Very clever.
    And it didn't even spill!

    Now, seeing as how Pirates were not particularly known for the prcision of their work,

    Uh oh... Kevin, if you need a place to hide from Chuck, let us know.

    Seriously, great job. She will love it, I'm sure!

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    Sticking the Pepsi can to the wall - Easy - my Anti-Gravity Generator is fully functional.

    As far as the spelling & "hiding from Chuck" - I speak read & write FLUENT typo.

    And did the Li'l Pirate Girl love her Jolly Roger?



    You Betcha!!

    The Girlies also had skulls to decorate for the party, cut on the scroll saw from some scrap pine blanks....



    ....They were also a big hit.

    BIG fun was had by all.

    -Kevin in Indy
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    Great Kevin! Now you should make some wooden swords, and after that who knows... Maybe a fullsize ship??
    Best regards,
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