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Offline HMR

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Blue Angels Chair
« on: September 22, 2016, 12:31 AM »
For those of you outside North America, the Blue Angels are the flight demonstration team for the U.S. Navy.  I got a request from the Blue Angels Foundation to build them one of my "airport diagram chairs" for their annual charity auction being held this weekend in San Diego.  The Blue Angels are performing and it's a big event for the local community.  All proceeds from the auction go to support wounded veterans.  This is the second year in a row I've had the privilege of being asked to participate.

Started with a stack of alder:


This year marks the 70th anniversary for the Blue Angels so I incorporated the milestone into the artwork.  The airport diagram in the background is for the Blue Angels' home base in Pensacola, FL and was carved with my CNC:


Template routing for the curves was accomplished with the OF1400:


Seat bottom slats are made from walnut.  Everything is held together with 10x50 dominoes and 45-minute epoxy:


This was a fun project for a good cause.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2016, 12:33 AM by HMR »

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Offline Wooden Skye

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2016, 12:50 AM »
Really great project and for a really great cause.  👍👍
Bryan

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Offline jdm5

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2016, 08:34 AM »
Awesome woodworking!  And as an aviation enthusiast working with the Blue Angels organization must be such an honor!

My photo galleries of airshies are here if anyone is interested (another expensive hobby):
http://www.freezetheaction.com/Freeze-the-Action-Photography
Drank the green Kool-Aid...gave up counting long ago.

Offline Vondawg

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2016, 08:38 AM »
Very nice ! Thanks for letting us see it.
There are no mistakes....just new designs.

Offline RJNeal

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2016, 09:22 AM »
Great job and project.
Have you walked your saw today?

Offline RKA

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2016, 10:36 AM »
Very nice!  I love the artwork and the finishing on the chair!
-Raj

Offline Don T

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2016, 12:31 PM »
Nice chair.  Great cause.
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Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2016, 04:11 PM »
Nice work and a great honor. Maybe I will be able to tell you in person if we are at Black Water at the same time.

Offline HMR

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2016, 02:01 AM »
Thanks everyone.  I delivered the chair today.  The former Blue Angel who ordered the chair for the auction held up his arm to show me the goosebumps he got when he saw the finished product.  I think that was the first time I've ever seen a customer have that response. Lol!

Offline Holmz

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2016, 05:20 AM »
Thanks everyone.  I delivered the chair today.  The former Blue Angel who ordered the chair for the auction held up his arm to show me the goosebumps he got when he saw the finished product.  I think that was the first time I've ever seen a customer have that response. Lol!

He must have been Goose and not Maverick  [big grin]

(His response was a seriously good response)

Offline HMR

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2016, 02:26 AM »
Thanks, again, everyone for the kind words. 
The chair sold for $6,000.00 today at the auction.   [thumbs up]

Offline HMR

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2016, 10:16 PM »
Here's a pic of the chair at auction:


It ended up being the most active and highest bid item at the event.  It also ended up being great for business.  [smile]

Offline jtwood

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2016, 11:48 PM »
Congratulations.  A terrific chair, and both you and the purchaser walked away happy.  That is the definition of success.

Steve

Offline HMR

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2016, 01:38 AM »
Update: I didn't find out until a day or two after the auction that a total of 5 of my chairs were sold during the event.  As I wrote before, the first chair sold for $6000.  However, the next 4 sold for $6500 each!  I'm getting paid my regular retail price for the remaining 4 chairs but we ended up raising a LOT of money for the charity.  It's been a busy/fun couple of weeks in the shop getting the order completed.

Here's my Sprinter loaded up for delivery:

Offline Kev

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2016, 02:35 AM »
This is awesome. Love it!

 [wink] [wink]

Offline mike_aa

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2016, 12:44 PM »
@HMR

Wow! Congrats!

Nice of you to do this, and nice that you got some business, too.  A real win-win!

Mike A.

Offline hawkeyestoob

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2016, 01:20 PM »
Awesome woodworking!  And as an aviation enthusiast working with the Blue Angels organization must be such an honor!

My photo galleries of airshies are here if anyone is interested (another expensive hobby):
http://www.freezetheaction.com/Freeze-the-Action-Photography

Those are some incredible images you have there. Thanks for sharing!

Offline bdiemer

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Re: Blue Angels Chair
« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2016, 05:06 PM »
Wow !!!! You must be so proud...Keep up the great work...The Blue Angels are so lucky to have you and your magic as supporters.