Memorial To a friend

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Project by SisQMark posted 04-15-2011 11:22 PM 1452 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this frame for a friend in honor of her fallen husband. It is made kind of simple because I didn’t want to distract from the glass laser engraving. The engraving is not mine, just the frame, I wish I could take credit for it! My idea was to accentuate the glass work. I thought about it for awhile and came up with the idea of incorporating some LED lights in the frame to “light it up”. It took some thought as to how to run the wires. I used my router to accomplish the task, then used some strips of oak to cover it up. I put a switch in the bottom of the frame for easy access, and I think it looks better. I made this entirely of oak, even the buttons on the side, with exception of the rose wood inlay on the face. Over all I got a very warm reception from our friend, she just loved it. I hope that I have inspired some of you with a new idea for the use of LED’s. Thanks for lookin!

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 02:03 AM

Looks great, love the lighting, just bought a laser engraver, will have to try it. Nice work.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 02:22 AM


Very nice work. I am a native Yrekan and knew Dean back in the days of the Dinner.

Mathew Pavlik

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 02:57 PM

very interesting. the led lighting is really nice
where did you get the led lights? thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 09:35 PM

Thank you for the very nice comments.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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Paulo in Texas

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 01:25 AM

That is a great effect, can you give some more info about making this? Where did you get the LEDs and did you have to add resistors to them or was it a pre-wired kit? It doesn’t look very thick, what kind of batteries did you use?

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 02:49 AM

Paulo, Here is some info for you. I wired this up myself, no resisters either. I just ran the negative wire to all the leds neg side & same with the positive side. My choice of power is a coin sized battery (3 volt) 2032 1 ea, ran through a mini switch. I frequent the world wide yard sale known as E-Bay for most of the items used in the application here. I will provide a list of items that I used.
1) 5 mm LED
2) 2032 3V coin battery
3) 2032 battery holder
4) Mini switch
5) Small gauge wire (not sure what gauge)
I bought everything but the wire on ebay, everything was from Japan or China. Although everything was very inexpensive it does take quite awhile to arrive from overseas. Also the oak stock was standard 3/4” for the frame.
If anyone tries using LEDs in your projects let me know how it turns out. Good luck with all your projects. Thanks for the inquiries.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 03:49 AM

Great job. It looks good lit up and with the lights out. Sometimes it takes more effort to highlight someone else’s work rather than our own work. You accomplished this brilliantly. Congratulations.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 08:51 AM

Thanks for sharing all the info SisQMark, much appreciated.

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