I decided I need to plug my business with a recent article in Western outdoor News (WON). But I wanted it to look nice, so I made a mahogany frame with lap jointed corners and wenge plugs. I used dye and coated with lacquer. My artist buddy Jeff Sprecher happened to have a mat cutter and cut the mat that went into the frame. I had a custom piece of glass cut for it at the local glass shop. I love how it came out.
I created the booth in CAD to begin designing something (I had no idea what at the time.) I enlisted an artist friend to help with any ideas. His initial idea led to what you will see later in the blog.
Here, on the right, was the easel I had for it, but I didn’t think it reflected the craftsmanship that I want to show, so I made my own. I consulted the search engine at LJ and Google Images and came up with a concept. Then, I used some teak I had lying around and mocked one up. Turns out the teak was perfect so I used it.
Here, you can see where I trimmed the front cross-piece. Funny thing is I ended up needing wedges to “clamp” the frame into the easel, and these pieces were fetched from the trash, and sanded a bit and worked PERFECTLY! I have pics of these below.
This is a time lapse (I use that term loosely) of the breakdown process. Here, I first remove the Wenge tusk (wedge) that allows me to then pull the bottom backwards and away from the front piece. All of the major pieces are connected by hinges so they just collapse together.
Now begins the process of building the display. I used foam to mock up the ends of the pergola.
These are the plain steel nut, bolts, and malleable washers I chose to give it a timberframe feel. I used R/S cedar.
First time fully assembled minus the lights for the front sign (I ran outta room vertically.) The 12volt track lights were purchased for 50 cents each at Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore. Those are usually 20.00 each. I did have to paint one black. I bought the track, cord and bulbs at the big box. I also bought the sign light (you’ll see in the backyard pics below) at ReStore as well. They are normally 180.00/pair. I bought for 9 dollars! I did have to do some work to allow them to be plugged into the track lighting. In the end, one cord/switch powers everything.
My buddy Jeff, once again, lent me his artistic hand and we painted our own font design onto the front. It was kind of tough on the rough-sawn cedar. Then my wife comes out after HOURS of painting the green and say non-chalantly, “oh yeah, you need a shadow.” DOH! 2 hours later, I was happy for the suggestion.
This pic shows how I connected the track lighting to the back side of the pergola. I can assemble the whole thing in 15-20 minutes by mmyself. The hitchhing post you see will accommodate 5 nets using as-of-yet-to-be-created cradles that allow them to be mounted at an angle. I want the halogen lights to show off teh nice grain I use.
The finished product.
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