New Sign

admin | April 17, 2011

I finally decided to work on a wooden sign for one of my co-workers. She had been asking for a long time and I promised her one for her birthday (we share the same day). I’m a few years late -yes, I do mean “years” – and she has never let me forget that. Anyway, I knew she wanted a sign for her yard with her last name and house numbers on it. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate my love for stained glass into the sign. Several different ideas came to mind, but I never could figure out how to put it all together. Then, one day, it clicked.

Wood and Stained Glass address sign

I had the design idea and was ready to start building. Here’s where my hopes were squashed. I just couldn’t get things to fit. I spent a week in my shop trying to come up with a better way to get it to hold shape and still look good. It caused a lot of frustration (mainly because I’m a perfectionist when it comes to these things). Another co-worker helped me figure it all out (thanks go out to him). After so much effort (plus some trial and error), I completed the project. I’m not really sure if she liked it or if it will be impressive to anyone.

Wood and Stained Glass sign with light shining through

All the time that went into it really seems like overkill since the design ended up being so simple. But, I can definitely say that I learned some things that will be helpful during my next wood working project.  Either way, I’m pleased with how it turned out and that’s what matters in the end. Let me know what you guys think!

Frame for stained glass

admin | November 12, 2009

paint or stain?

I’ve always wanted to incorporate my love of stained glass and wood working.  This project gives me the chance.  After finishing the orange/yellow flower stained glass pattern, I realized I had not gotten the edges even.  What to do?  Well, I decided to build a wooden frame to go around the outside (to hide the imperfection).  Turns out to be a great idea.  Now, I just have to decide whether to paint or stain the frame.  I currently have it held in place with clamps.  Once I decide on the appropriate finish, I’ll complete the project and post an “after” shot here.  Feel free to post your advice on how I should finish the wood…paint or stain?

Wooden Glass Rack

admin | November 12, 2009

"Before"

I’ve been wanting to build a wooden glass rack for quite a while now. I’ve needed the space to store all my stained glass until it was needed for each project. I had tried all kinds of “free” or “cheap” solutions…they just didn’t work. I could never tell what colors of glass I still had to choose from. So, I decided to build my own rack. I’ve included the “before” and “after” shots. Honestly, I’m quite impressed with myself. I ended up being a few dowels short, but can always pick up a few more at Lowes or Home Depot. Overall, this rack should work out nicely. Things really can be easy if you just put your mind to them…

"After"

Unique Wooden Plaques

admin | October 24, 2009

This is a plaque I made to symbolize my appreciation for my parents efforts in rebuilding our cabin at Pleasant Grove Campground.  It was made in a similar fashion to the signs I made for the cabin.  Something like this can make a unique gift for someone.  Let me know what you think…

My wooden signs

admin | October 4, 2009

When it came time to rebuild our cabin (“tent”) at Pleasant Grove Campground, I told my family that I would like to make the sign.  I’ve always enjoyed working with wood and saw this as an opportunity to try something different.  The wood was taken from the original cabin and was sanded down to a smooth finish.  The lettering was created with a special type of vinyl and was cut out by hand.  After attaching the lettering, the wood was finished with several coats of polyurethane to protect everything from outdoor elements.  I was very pleased with the results and believe that my family was impressed too.  I would love to continue creating signs like this and have many unique designs in mind.  If you are interested, send me an email.

This was the sign made for the back of the cabin.  It didn’t need as much detail.  Both really came out nicely.  I’ve had many compliments on them and would like to make more for other families.

Just another photo of the main sign after it was attached to the side of the cabin.

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