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Project by Jerome posted 11-19-2014 01:33 AM 1333 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well LJ, it has been a while since I have posted anything. I have been quite busy and things have picked up in the shop. Well this project came out of nowhere and it was worthy enough for a post. I thought that perhaps it may inspire some new ideas.

The trim that was used was given to me for free. I had it for about a year and was saving it for, well, a creative project. For a long time i considered using the pieces to outline a frame, then it hit me…”it could be used as a background” This seemed simple in theory, but making it work took some time. The idea was to make dado cuts for the frame, and also for the bottom to slide into. I did this without ripping any of the trim. I also was happy to use my pipe clamps for the first time ( i want more of those). On a side note….i have gotten used to using my dado set as well. I created a makeshift sled to get the ripples lined properly. This was done by tracing the ripple on the wooden sled fence so that each cut would be in the same place.

So, the dilemma was measuring and accurately cutting the frame and yet fit all slices of the trim together. The problem was when i clamped it tight, the pieces would buckle and pop up. After some glueing and nailing, I finally got it set. I primed it with some old house paint and the rest was easy. I also created the letters from scratch. The original plan was not to wire the lights, but i thought it would be a nice touch. I may do one in the future with 20 lights instead of 4. The lights are operated by a rotary switch at the bottom

Thanks for reading!

For those who may be interested in my work, email me at

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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#1 posted 11-19-2014 10:21 AM

Looks fratty Jerome. Good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-19-2014 10:26 PM

Way too cool. You surely did an awesome job.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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