My First Commission (from a non-family member)

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 03-19-2016 01:43 PM 1164 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A local artist (Dave Macomber) I know from church is designing a fixture for our local Brewery here in town. He asked me to build this sign that he will be lettering to put up as part of it.

Construction is nothing special, no fancy joinery. Just glue and screws and nails.

I used reclaimed pine that I had laying around because he wanted a rustic, weathered look.

He gave me the paint to be used, just simple house paint that I painted and then distressed.

Like I said, nothing special, but it is my first commission so it is a little bit of a gloat, and I made a little money too.

Its about 3 feet long, and 16 inches wide.

Thanks for looking,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 03-19-2016 01:49 PM

Looking good Kaleb,
will it be an arrow pointing to the entrance of the building?


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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 03-19-2016 02:06 PM

Thanks Mahdee. Means a lot

No it is inside telling the story of how the beer is made. Not sure really how it is working in. I will see it installed in two days.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 03-19-2016 02:07 PM

Nice. I do little odd commissions like this from time to time….as long as they’re willing to pay. Good for tool and lumber money;)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 03-19-2016 02:09 PM

A little profit is sweet.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-19-2016 03:49 PM

I like this old-fashioned but yet timeless style.
Nice work!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#6 posted 03-19-2016 04:47 PM

What a great feeling it is to have a commission. Congratulations.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#7 posted 03-19-2016 05:41 PM

Thanks again all for the nice comments.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 03-20-2016 12:27 PM

This is very creative. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 03-20-2016 01:23 PM

A unique project,congrats on the commision Kaleb

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 03-21-2016 12:15 PM

Can you tell us how you attached the light sockets to the wood? I’m doing lighted movie poster marquee and am struggling with that a bit.

Thanks and great work!

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#11 posted 03-21-2016 02:47 PM

Hi Ben,

Firstly thanks for the nice comments. The lights that I used were a 25 light Christmas light string. I first drilled a pilot hole with a 1/8 inch bit all the way through, and then I used a 1 and 3/8 forstner bit in the back to about halfway through the workpiece. I then used a 1 inch forstner bit from the front. I sized it this way because I measured with my calipers to what would be a good friction fit for the fixture being used. I then put the light in place and put the next one in the strand overtop of it in the 1 3/8 hole sideways to lock it in. I stapled the wire on either side of the fixture to pin the second light overtop of the first so the light that is used is pinned in place and won’t move.

Sorry I didn’t take a picture of it. I don’t think I explained it that well. If I make it over to the brewery I will snap a picture of the back (if I can get to it that is), and show you then.

Hope this helps

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 03-22-2016 04:33 PM

Excellent – thanks for that info Kaleb!

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#13 posted 03-22-2016 06:04 PM

That’s pretty cool, Kaleb. I want to try something very similar.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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