Lake Fork Wall Art

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Project by Matt posted 12-22-2014 11:07 PM 1432 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let the Christmas gifts begin!!! Let me start by saying I saw a fellow LJ “Chris” do something similar and it inspired me…so some credit must be given to him. Of course, I added a bit of my own flare to the piece too.

I made this for my aunt and uncle who live on Lake Fork on the east side of Dallas. The theme of their house is rustic, so I scooped up some free pallet wood from various places around where I live and made the…picture?...out of that.

Because I only have a 16” scroll saw, I had to cut the lake out in 3 segments each consisting of 3 pieces of already glued together boards, then glue the three segments together. Thank goodness for spiral scroll saw blades!!! I love those things!

I finished it off by lighting it up with a 15’ led rope light strand I got half off at Wally World. I held the rope lights down by screwing 1 1/4” screws into the wood and put the rope lights in between the screws and small slits of wood I cut for the lights to run along. The excess lighting is coiled up in a part of the back you cannot see.

I also put a poly coat on it for good measure…

In total, it cost less than $5 to make…but if time is money…well, I think it cost a bit more than that…..

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 12-23-2014 11:22 AM

I saw your post and thought, Hey that looks like one of my lake trays! Nice job! Must have been tricky to piece in together in parts. Very cool with the lighting. Will make a very nice present.

-- Chris, Virginia

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 03:29 PM

Great execution of a novel idea. What a super night light that would make.

-- Groveland, CA.

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