Cedar Memorial Post with Plaque

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Project by spunwood posted 06-20-2011 04:04 AM 1538 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was an honor to work on. A client’s father passed away and she asked me to complete a memorial plaque. The VA had only gotten a small ground plaque and she wanted something that stood higher up.

The cedar for the plaqye came from a fellow LJ (Matt Alexander)

Really beatiful stuff. I would recommend him to anyone in Middle Tenn as a Lumber supplier.

The wood for the post came from my inlaws. Sadly, the first post I used was filled with wood bees and their babies which are like full grown bees but soft and white. I kept cutting the post to find a solid section, but all I found were bee holes. Two or three live bees even flew out when I was ripping the board. Felt very sad about ruining their home.

The post is going to be set in a bucket with cement and then buried at the grave site.

Everything was finished with Clear Gloss Polyurethane. I am still having trouble with drips, runs and the wet poly running underneath the bottom to make a drip.

It seemed the best solution was to lighten the coat and also to wait a bit and wipe up underneath or on the sides. What do you do? Do you finish all four sides of something at once. Say you have a rectangular plaque, do you do the top and sides and than the bottom later?


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 04:49 AM

Very nicely done spunwood. Iam sure it will be appreciated.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 05:59 AM

It looks very beautiful, and very professional. I had a wood bee incedent in cedar earlier this year; I felt really bad about it too.
That looks wonderful.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 07:15 AM

Awesome work and nice degign!!

-- 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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#4 posted 06-20-2011 08:18 AM

That’s some pretty wood and you did a fine job with it, looks good. When I have something that I worry about the poly pooling or dripping I use the wipe on poly with good results. It’s easier that sitting around waiting to wipe off the excess.

That wormhole wood looks like you have some nice picture frame material to me Brandon

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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