Nice little (literally) commission

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Project by LeTurbo posted 06-06-2014 05:25 PM 1300 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At my previous company, there’s a tradition of leaving a gift when you move along. A staffer asked me to make this for the design director – it’s an open plan office, and Jo sends all-staff emails when she’s busy, saying “my door is closed”. So now she can slide the little door across (it says “open” under the little door/slider/whatchamacallit).

This started off as part of an old bed. I resawed a chunk into three pieces of about 1/3” thickness, glued it up, and hand-planed it flat (love my Record #5!) for the backing board. This, in fact, slides in the side supports, in case there’s wood movement. The slots were cut with my Stanley #45.

The commissioner (if that’s the right word) wanted hand-lettering, so I’m fortunate that I picked up something from my folks, both of whom were advertising artists and learned their skills in the pre-Letraset days (Bwahaha! How many people even know what Letraset was, these days?). So I roughed out the letters in pencil, then painted them in with a brush, ruler, and white enamel. The varnish toned down the harshness of the white, slightly.

And yes, the third pic is the same article. Funny how the flash made it look more like mahogany.

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#1 posted 06-06-2014 07:08 PM

Nice work.

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 11:30 AM

Nice job, I’ll have to keep this in mind for a copycat project!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 10:53 AM

Cute! The best office door sign I have ever seen is “Do Not Enter Unless You Have Chocolate!”

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