My Wife's Family Birthday Plaque

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Project by svenbecca posted 02-13-2014 02:05 PM 5105 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As gifts go, my family and friends get iPods, X-Boxes, PS3s, etc. I get pieces of wood. I get the better deal, I think. This board was one of those gifts. It is a spalted (and partially rotted) piece of pine from a tree that was uprooted during a pretty bad tornado in Alabama last year. It took about a month of soaking and building up with thinned polyurethane to make it hard enough to work with. Every day about three times per day I would soak it with poly and let it absorb into the soft wood. Then it took about a week or so to cure enough to work with. I know that this is a simple project, but it really is still not furniture worthy. Too much trouble for a rotten piece of wood, you might be saying. The wife wants, what the wife wants and a happy wife makes a happy husband (big smile).

Anyway, this is the final product. She was overjoyed when I hung it up last night with all of the tags done (another two days of cutting stencils and painting).

I cut vinyl decals as another hobby. The fonts are cut from vinyl and used as a stencil to paint the words. I used a 3/8 keyhole bit to cut two keyholes horizontally in the back at 16” centers to hang it.

Width – 27-1/2”
Height – 7-1/4” at the tallest point.

Tags – 1-1/2” diameter on 2” centers.

I am also trying to sell these on Etsy. I have a lot of interest, but no sales yet. It will come.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 02:41 PM

Nice! I saw some of these that you had made earlier. I really like the lettering on this one. That sure is a lot of birthdays!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 03:19 PM

Nice work really like this Idea may have to copy it. Good job svenbecca

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 03:33 PM

That would be a nice plaque for every family to have. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 07:27 PM

Great idea, awesome family! You have to be proud to be a part of that!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 08:33 PM

What a great idea for those folks with a big bunch of birthdays to keep track of. Do you cut the vinyl by hand – looks pretty small?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 10:01 PM


Just curious what’s special about February and May in your clan. Particularly May; an awful lot of February babies.

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#7 posted 02-14-2014 04:38 AM

Northwest, I have a plotter that does the work for me.

BustedClock, No idea about Feb & May. Spring and Summer fun maybe. Who really knows.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#8 posted 02-15-2014 06:04 AM


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 02-18-2014 05:49 PM

Great looking project! Like the look of the wood, has lots of character and you did beautiful artwork and pretty tags. I’m sure the whole family love it.

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