|Project by kenthemadcarpenter||posted 11-27-2015 06:49 AM||706 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
So back in 2004 my fiance graduated from nursing school earning her degree as an Rn. (we were not together at the time) Along with her diploma all of her classmates received a nurses poem. It came in a nice looking frame, She had the graduation ceremony invitations saved in a frame. Now I knew how important this was to her, and For her birthday I wanted to do something really special. to commemorate that special day so I built this plaque.
the back board is 3/4×3/4 glued pine board strips glued up, that i found at Home depot. It was perfect for my purpose, the protective front piece is a sheet of poly carbonate, i cut the excess out on my table saw so i would have a complete open area as in picture 5 which is the final out come, now this whole project I was winging it, no plans no measurements. in the first two pictures i laid out lexan but each piece is individual pieces laid next to each other so i could get a visual reference as to the lay out and see how it would look, the first picture i took some scrap and cut them to match the way i wanted the frame to lay out and use as a reference for cutting the actual frame. (again winging it here, no tape measure was used, every thing is done by sight) I used red sedona by minwax, i also distressed the frame slightly in certain spots just because i thought it wood look neat. for the final coat i used three coats of shellac.