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One of my friends is slightly obsessed with Soviet history, so she asked me to make her this plaque to hang in her apartment.

The plaque is approximately 18" in diameter, and hangs from a wall screw.

Costs about $10 in terms of primer, paint, and assorted wood, and the installation is a cinch.
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Step 1: Find a template

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To find a good pattern, I just Googled "hammer and sickle," and found this.  Then I just scaled and printed it out in Word.  Pretty straightforward I'd say.

Step 2: Trace it out

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I used a piece 1/2" thick plywood I found in my shop.  I cut out the paper template, taped it to the wood, and traced it with a sharpie.

I did the same thing for the star, which isn't a vital part of the plaque, but still an aesthetic add-on.

Step 3: Cut it out

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Best tool for this is a jig saw.  Scroll saw could work, but the piece is a bit too big.  

I just clamped it down and cut around carefully.

Step 4: Sand it down.

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I used my power sander for the surfaces (no more than 120 grit), and mixed-and-matched filing and sanding (with sandpaper sheets) by hand.

The wood had a really ugly color before, and sanding made the grain patterns stand out really well.

Step 5: Make the hanging attachment

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I used a 3/4" thick piece of hardwood to make the hanger (1"x1.5" wide), and then glued and clamped it directly to the back of the plaque, approximately 2/3 of the way up, allowing the center of gravity of the whole body to fall a few inches under the hanger attachment.

To make the hanger, I drilled a hole slightly larger than the hanging screw.  Then I used a special router bit that makes hanging slots to make the slot that the screw slides into.

So that the plaque wouldn't wobble on the screw, I stabilized it with the dowel shown below.  I used a 1/4" dowel, so I drilled a shallow 1/4" hole down the line of the center of gravity, and glued/inserted the dowel so that only 3/4" would stick out.
josefu04 years ago
Communism is not that bad. as an idea it heaven but if practice it will not work out well. ppl are different. the point of communism is equality in race, no religion, and have no rights to say what u want. but to improve it split the race and religion to a different place. give them enough food. that my seeing of communism. but i dont want to be one. even the creator of this saids he wasnt a communist.
tell the 100 million who were murdered by Mao,Stalin,Pol Pot, and Castro that communism isn't that bad. It always amazes me how ignorant that leftists are.
skiedra josefu03 years ago
Try telling this "Communism is not that bad" to dozens of nations that had the misfortune of living under different communist regimes all over the world.
spiderobert3 years ago
an interesting addition to this would to be to add leds to the bad of it, since it stands off from the wall it would give it a very nice back glow effect :)
tinker2343 years ago
wow i have a german coat wore it out got attacked by a liltle mexion boy wow brought that back
Derin5 years ago
"If you do not miss the Soviet Union, you have no heart. If you want it back, then you have no brain." Vladimir Putin
Phocian5 years ago
NutandBolt5 years ago
Vell done comrade....:-)
Hey guyzo35 - love how it turned out... simple technique and really effective... thanks for posting!
Phil B5 years ago
I am glad you explained why you wanted to make a hammer and sickle. You did well on your project.