Maple Frame - 7th Anniversary Gift

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Project by Blackbear posted 10-06-2014 02:31 PM 1276 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my wife and my anniversaries we have been doing the traditional wedding gifts, for fun. You have to be creative for some of them. For the 7th anniversary the traditional gift is copper. That’s a tough one if you don’t need any new pots and pans. I decided that, in addition to some earrings with copper in them, I’d make her a picture frame.

This frame is made of birds eye maple with mahogany splines. The bottom has five pennies inset into it, each with a special date. The first two are our birth years, the middle is our anniversary and the last two are our kids birth years. The frame will get a recent family picture and is for her office desk.

The pennies were cleaned up to a uniform color using a vinegar solution.

Finish is danish oil followed by 3 coats of homemade wipe on poly.

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 02:52 PM

Now that is cool. Love the wood and I really like using splines in all my frames. Way to think oustside the box! I’m sure she Loves this gift. I like how you cleaned the pennies as well not sure I knew that.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 03:51 PM

Thanks Ken. I didn’t know about the penny trick, but Google was my friend in this instance.

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 07:07 PM

Pretty cool idea using the dates on the pennies. I couldn’t do that because I’d never find a penny old enough for MY birthdate! :-)

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