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So it's not woodworking, so sue me. Anyway I haul wood in my truck, so close enough.

Quite awhile back found this plate at the DMV, so got it, and hand painted it. A pain.

Went again a few weeks ago, and saw plates about like this one, so got two, decided to upgrade.

And after considerable thinking, and redoing, came up with this. I still have the second one to do, then will put one on each vehicle. There were no CNC machines violated doing this. And I see they came out in the wrong order, #s 2 and 3 should be reversed. Still need to put on finish coat too.
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I really like the 2nd pic. The sentiments are so true.
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So it's not woodworking, so sue me. Anyway I haul wood in my truck, so close enough.

Quite awhile back found this plate at the DMV, so got it, and hand painted it. A pain.

Went again a few weeks ago, and saw plates about like this one, so got two, decided to upgrade.

And after considerable thinking, and redoing, came up with this. I still have the second one to do, then will put one on each vehicle. There were no CNC machines violated doing this. And I see they came out in the wrong order, #s 2 and 3 should be reversed. Still need to put on finish coat too.
I would like one like the first one to hang on the back of our Motor Home.

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I would like one like the first one to hang on the back of our Motor Home.

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Well, I'm not going back to the license plate place to buy another plate. I'll tell you how I did it instead, so you can make your own. I've looked on line and the plates I found were all in the $15-16 range. I think mine cost $5 each. I checked the DMV on line, but not sure if they sell on line or not, apparently they list plates, but could find no pictures. So up to you where you get a plate. Maybe if you call a license plate office.

The idea hit me when I saw the plates. Then thought about hand painting them. Decided that would take a lonnnng time, and be a real pain. Wound up saving a picture of a set of stripes. Used Paint 3d to blacken the background. Then used Edit to type in the letters. You will have to do a bit of adjusting to get the print the size to fit one side, then cut around it. Super glue is the only thing I found dependable to glue the print on, also the cheapest. I made quite a few printouts of this before I got it all sized right.

On the other side, blacken the entire picture. Then use Edit to type the letters. Adjust. Super glue.

The paper is very hard to see at any distance at all, but close you can see the outline of the paper. On the vehicle, standing to look, likely you would never notice. But I got some Krylon clear coat to spray on it for protection and finish, and that should make the paper literally invisible. I never paid attention to see if there were plates for any other service after I saw the Army plates, but assume there are.

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Thank you for your service. I am not a Vietnam Veteran but served from 1976-1980 in the Air Force. I was verbally assaulted several times in Airports when I traveled in my uniform. In those days people did not congratulate you say thanks. My Grandson also served and got out of the Air Force about a year ago. He worked on B-52s. I have a sign on my shop door that says it all. Two years ago my older cousin died from a low sugar event. He had the agent orange exposure on the river boats. My closest neighbor was a Army helicopter door gunner and has Diabetes from the same agent orange exposure.

When I hear these young people who are in favor of socialism in such high percentages, they cannot appreciate the sacrifices you, my cousin, my neighbor and millions of others went through for them to have the right to be so stupid. Luckily we had people like you that gave of themselves to protect us all and we still have a few that sacrifice their time and lives to protect us all today.

God bless you and the United States of America.
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Very nice!! Thanks. My brother in law is a 94 year old WWII Army vet That gives me a great idea for a Christmas present. He still drives almost everyday. I bet he would like it. Ebay has a ton of blanks https://www.ebay.com/bhp/blank-license-plate I have some slide decal paper that I could print a picture on that I picked up on line. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterslide-...frcectupt=true I bet that would work good then spray clear over it.

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Got my doses of Agent Orange in convoys between Qui Nhon and Pleiku, and back. Don't think it contributed to anything I have tho. Surprisingly never got hit in any of those convoys, it was always the serial ahead of, or behind us. One trip the camp had a rocket attack the day before, never anything while we were there. We flew to Pleiku once, no problem, but the guys that flew earlier got mortared on the runway. And then there were the hot landings. Going to Ahn Khe was always interesting, it was halfway to Pleiku. Almost every night we could watch the tracers from the fire fights along one section of the perimeter, they seemed to take place in the same section ever time. On one trip back got to watch a fighter seemingly dive into the ground, then a few seconds later it would come back up, then a few seconds after that a huge fire ball would appear.

Found a plate just like mine on ewbay, $10, free shipping.

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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
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