Anniversary Present for Parents of 10

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Project by BRTree posted 02-11-2018 08:09 PM 546 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two of the older children, of a large family that we go to church with, approached me about making a sign for their parent’s 25th wedding anniversary. They gave me a picture of one they found on the internet.

So, the design idea had already been formulated. The problem was…the celebration was only a week away. Fun, fun, fun!

My wife helped me find the letter sizes online (which was probably the hardest part of the project) that we felt would fit the size and font for best appearance.

I used a spline to help with lining up the two 6” wide cherry boards for jointing. I believe they were 5/4”.

I used a pinpoint bit on the router to outline the letters “close-in”. Then, I used progressively larger flat-bottomed bits to hog out the rest of the waste. A few areas had to be picked at with chisels, but there wasn’t much to speak of. I used a small shallow gouge to make “pock” marks in the background of the sign. Wow—-there were a lot that had to be made—-I found out once I got started….in order to fill then entire background. But, it was worth it, because it removed all the router bit marks while giving the entire background depth and uniformity.

  • I only had a 1 3/4hp Porter C. router—-which was too heavy for this job. If I ever do another one, I’ll invest in a smaller “laminate” router.

Coloring sort of evolved as the project went along….The 3rd picture shows the curly q’s and “est 1996” before they were stained. I used a simple stain so they would stand out slightly, but the last name of course needed to remain the most prominent.

I put two key holes in the back on either side, because the piece ended up rather heavy. They got it leveled and hung on the wall in their living room. I didn’t ask if they needed help with that ;)

*Thanks to my daughter Josie for some help with the sanding

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 08:49 PM

What a great looking sign. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 02-12-2018 12:18 AM

Thanks Larry

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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