Bird's eye Pine Lighted Display

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Project by CFrye posted 02-15-2015 04:57 PM 3740 views 2 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bird’s Eye Pine Lighted Display
My son has been a dinosaur nut since he was given a book on the subject around age three. He had this Dino claw and wanted a way to display it using ‘period appropriate’ materials. According to him, the expert, that meant no hard woods. Evergreens were the flavor of the eon. I had picked up this 1×4 piece of figured pine at the local big box store and was waiting for the right project. This seemed perfect for it. The build is based on Steve Ramsey’s WWMM video.
The box sides and top are poplar (I know, it’s a hard wood, don’t tell). The face is mitered and glued. I probably should have thinned it down a little, hindsight… Anyway.
Dimensions. 13.75”H X 13.5/8”W X 4.25” D
The On/Off ‘button’ on top is held in place with a section of dowel above and below the top and is angled slightly toward the front to activate the LED puck light. The rear positioning block is removable to facilitate battery changes.

The back is a re sawn piece of the same material glued to a bit of thin ply and is friction fit into a rabbet on the back of the box.
Finished weight is almost 4 pounds. No nails allowed where he lives, and I wasn’t sure if the planned hook and loop fasteners would hold it to the wall. Hubby came up with an easel design, with a 5 degree tilt, that he could set it on a table. Painted it hammer tone black and fashioned a ‘hinge’ out of faux leather secured with spray adhesive and decorative upholstery tacks.
I was stumped as to the finishing of the display box until I saw Carl Jacobson using a torch on his pallet UpCycle project. I tried it on a cut off of the pine and liked the effect. After torching (and scraping off some sap that boiled out) a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum rattle can lacquer finished it off.
For now the claw simply rests on the bottom. May have to come up with something else.
He was very happy with the results and had to model the Ironman power pack. Thanks for reading along. Comments, suggestions, questions are always welcome.
Edit: I have been advised the Dino artifact is representative of a claw from Allosaurus NOT deinonychus. Please forgive the disinformation.

-- God bless, Candy

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 05:01 PM

The Ironman shot!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 05:01 PM

Wow, is that beautiful ! You did a great job with it. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 05:20 PM

what a great display candy
and just the right piece of ‘period’ wood for it

toasting as a finish is a good way to bring out the grains

as a curious student of history
perhaps you might be able to ask him

just when did the fig leaf become fashionable
since it didn’t exist at that time

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 05:22 PM

That’s a pretty neat display. I like your idea of the tap on light. The torch work came out evenly and the finish is great. Ironman is my hero.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 05:28 PM

Looks great, Candy!
The torched finish is lovely…congrats on such a find at the local home center! It could’ve easily ended up hidden inside a rough framed wall.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 02-15-2015 05:29 PM

Wow….a multidisciplinary project. Wood working, electrical and leather (faux) crafting….nice!!! At the start if your back story, I pictured the wee lad to be 10 or 11…then I saw the picture and was thinking wow, they sure get facial hair early in Oklahoma….ROFL Good job mom!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 02-15-2015 05:46 PM

Nice work Candy. I always have my eye out for a special piece of wood like that

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 02-15-2015 05:51 PM

Thank you, Sheila!
David, he wouldn’t know, people (and their fashions) are modern history, comparatively speaking ;-)
Thanks, Dave, the puck light idea came from the video. I’ve added a link in the description.
Terry, I rarely miss an opportunity to search the pines at the local big box for such treasures!
Thanks, Buster! The ‘wee lad’ is almost 30!
Thank you, Dr. Ken. It is what we do, searching for the best lumber!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 02-15-2015 05:52 PM

Very nice work Candy! Nothing like finishing a project and “lighting it on fire”. Came out great

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#10 posted 02-15-2015 06:17 PM

That wood is gorgeous. Great job Mom.
Don’t tell the ‘wee’ guy, but I’m more impressed with your project than some old claw.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#11 posted 02-15-2015 06:21 PM

Great work Candy. Love the finish on the frame. I’m gonna have to try that technique. Thanks for posting.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#12 posted 02-15-2015 06:28 PM


That wood is just AWESOME... First time I have seen Bird’s Eye Pine!
It is simply gorgeous! It’s a wonder that you found it… and a Special Wonder of what you did with it!

Fantastic project!!

One of a kind… should demand Mucho Dinero… :)

You did a truly GREAT job on it… Thank you for the additional Links… Both were super good!

Thank you for posting it!

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#13 posted 02-15-2015 06:49 PM

Candy, can I say bumpy birds eye pine?
That is exceptional. I love what the flame did to it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 02-15-2015 07:19 PM

Thanks, John. The resawn back pieces were scary to torch. They ended up so thin that they immediately curled up when the fire touched them! Yikes!
Thank you, Sandra, I won’t tell.
Jim, please post your results!
Joe, thank you for your enthusiastic response, my friend! Keifer href="">Click for details has

posted a BEP of a different variety that I call ‘bumpy’. I think it is elegant. I have found narrow pieces of it, too.

As far as the dinero…well, you know how that goes, getting dinero from the kiddos!
You can, Bill. However, can you see the difference? Thank you, sir.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 02-15-2015 07:36 PM

Good job Candy! That birdseye pine is some cool stuff and you did it proud. Is that a real dinosaur claw? Never saw one of those.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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