Grizz & Dozer's Memorial South African ride.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by grizz, May 3, 2013.

  1. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Remember this ?

    Often council tip finds end up as useful items.

    This one on the other hand, though "impressive" is only cosmetic in potential.

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    When I put it in my car, without it hitting the ground, I did not realize it had slots in for swords.
    I thought it would be a cool thing to hang up above the wood burner I have fitted in the garage.

    Of course that is where one starts..... then you lose control.

    So I removed the black backing and made a new one, using a 1.2 X 1,4 meter sheet of hardboard I had stashed for some time.

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    Decided to change the backing colours while I was at it.

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    Then this morning I made a "Stencil" to be able to paint the accents to the stretchy bits..... cut a groove into some knotty pine ceiling plank.

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    The rest of the plank was used to make tow "blades" for the swords.
    Initially I had planned to just do a very simple pair, but as I progressed the complexity increased, typical.
    Fortunately the bandsaw is perfect for this sort of work.

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    Now every now and then I get a silly grin on my face, for various reasons... today it was the electric planer I bought from ALDI years ago, rarely used, but to get the two blades shaped into a typical double sided cutting edge associated with large swords, Claymores etc, I got to use the planer to get the edges.

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    Next up, back into the woodshed to turn a couple of handles, and make a handle with a pommel as well as a cross guard.

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    Then to split them I made up a quick guide using a couple of clamps and a bit of pallet plank.

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    Putting the bits together started to make me grin......

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    Next up to retrieve the silver paint I bought years ago for 50p on a B&Q sale. The gold was also bought at the same sale.
    The blades got two coats of silver.

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    Handle, Pommel and Cross-guard got a couple of coats of Danish Oil and then I used an old cosmetic jewelry to decorate it.
    The leather strips came from Nicola's UGG Boots.

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    I also added some decoration to the tops of the blades.

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    Finally done.
    I had a good laugh as I was pretty pleased with the outcome overall.

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    So next job is to hang it and hope the heat from the chimney does not set it alight.
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  2. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Swords just on their own.
    Trust you like them.
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  3. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Got a text from Maverick last weekend...... "There are two speedfines for the Whale, one in Fishoek and one in Natal"
    Ooooppppsss. I was not in Fishoek, but certainly was all over Natal.
    R200.00 fine translates to about £15.00 and no points :biggrin:
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    In a fitting finale to this thread, I got a small resolution copy of a scanned photo taken of my mum and dad a loooong time ago in Melmoth on the lawn behind the house they lived in.
    I do not have any photos like this, so am really pleased to be able to add it.
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  4. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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  5. ButchH

    ButchH Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing . Gooi nog
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  6. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Been out on the trial bike today, managed to fall myself kinda silly down hill once.

    Hurting but ginning madly as always.

    I think for this report it is pretty much complete, but planning a next ride, including a trip to the Cotswolds with Goose and our wives.
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