|Project by CFrye||posted 02-15-2015 04:57 PM||2811 views||2 times favorited||47 comments|
Bird’s Eye Pine Lighted Display
My son has been a dinosaur nut since he was given a book on the subject around age three. He had this Dino claw and wanted a way to display it using ‘period appropriate’ materials. According to him, the expert, that meant no hard woods. Evergreens were the flavor of the eon. I had picked up this 1×4 piece of figured pine at the local big box store and was waiting for the right project. This seemed perfect for it. The build is based on Steve Ramsey’s WWMM video.
The box sides and top are poplar (I know, it’s a hard wood, don’t tell). The face is mitered and glued. I probably should have thinned it down a little, hindsight… Anyway.
Dimensions. 13.75”H X 13.5/8”W X 4.25” D
The On/Off ‘button’ on top is held in place with a section of dowel above and below the top and is angled slightly toward the front to activate the LED puck light. The rear positioning block is removable to facilitate battery changes.
The back is a re sawn piece of the same material glued to a bit of thin ply and is friction fit into a rabbet on the back of the box.
Finished weight is almost 4 pounds. No nails allowed where he lives, and I wasn’t sure if the planned hook and loop fasteners would hold it to the wall. Hubby came up with an easel design, with a 5 degree tilt, that he could set it on a table. Painted it hammer tone black and fashioned a ‘hinge’ out of faux leather secured with spray adhesive and decorative upholstery tacks.
I was stumped as to the finishing of the display box until I saw Carl Jacobson using a torch on his pallet UpCycle project. I tried it on a cut off of the pine and liked the effect. After torching (and scraping off some sap that boiled out) a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum rattle can lacquer finished it off.
For now the claw simply rests on the bottom. May have to come up with something else.
He was very happy with the results and had to model the Ironman power pack. Thanks for reading along. Comments, suggestions, questions are always welcome.
Edit: I have been advised the Dino artifact is representative of a claw from Allosaurus NOT deinonychus. Please forgive the disinformation.
-- God bless, Candy