A Tribute To Mom

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Project by artsyfartsy posted 11-13-2015 03:53 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Tribute award plaque for my son’s restaurant which is located in my mom’s home town. He wanted some things to adorn his walls so he could pay tribute to our hometown. My mom was an avid, home town alumni and loved her school. She graduated in 1945 and it was her class that came up with the school mascot name which was named after Mars, the Roman God of War.

The award case is made of Red Oak and stained with Golden Oak stain. This is the first time I have ever stained red oak as I have always liked the naked color of red oak. However, I wanted to give it an antique value of sorts. It is finished with 3 coats of lacquer. The frame itself is 2” deep and instead of a mitered corner or a butt joint I chose the corners to be half-lapped for more strength. For the frame front, I set the glass panel in 1/8” to receive the glass as shown. I always worry about glass breakage and ultimate replacement, so I made the frame so the glass can be replaced without worries. The back is nothing more than Lou-an I had laying around. I set that in about 3/16” so it could be wall flush. It turned out better than I had hoped.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 05:20 PM

Nice tribute. She was a pretty lady. I have a couple of those “colorized” photos of both my folks too. They’re pretty cool.

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 05:29 PM


Stellar job on the build of the frame…..You’re mom would be very proud of her son….Beautiful… I need to build one of these for my antique fishing lures that I collected for years….I have some that are very old, and are expensive to buy these days…..And Joe’s right….Your Mom was a pretty lady…..

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 06:48 PM

You really did a nice job on this and it’s a great tribute to your Mom.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 08:41 PM

That is an awesome project-great design & build.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 11-14-2015 01:16 AM

What a wonderful tribute. I live in Flint and find myself in Goodrich from time to time. Which restaurant is it?

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#6 posted 11-14-2015 02:53 AM

Nice job. I think your mother would be very pleased.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#7 posted 11-14-2015 02:34 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts. I’m pretty sure mom would like this. She didn’t like being in the spotlight, but she’d like this.

Thanks again, Don

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#8 posted 11-14-2015 03:58 PM

Super tribute to your mom Don,a very good build.

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#9 posted 11-15-2015 01:16 AM

Thanks Jim for the nice thoughts. I love woodworking, same as you. And, I loved my mom, she was a very big supporter of mine. It was the least I could do for her.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#10 posted 11-16-2015 08:22 AM

Nice work Don. I’m sure she would be proud.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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