|Project by CWChandler||posted 05-15-2012 02:51 PM||1193 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
So I will be investing some time making one of these for my girlfriend as a house-warming gift very soon and this was my “test run”. I had no idea how it would turn out because I don’t own a drill press and I only had a very dull paddle bit. I have since invested in a new forstner bit and a few other goodies.
The test run stock was salvaged from a pallet I picked up for free from a local art shop (It was stamped ‘HT’ for heat treated and was mostly good hardwoods). I think the wood is birch or poplar – feel free to correct me if I am mistaken. I was completely amazed at the beauty of the wood after I ran it through the planer!
Once I had it planed down and sanded, I took it to my co-worker’s house and had it laser etched with a Fleur De Lis on the front and my signature on the back. I’m glad this was just a test run because the wood wasn’t centered when the laser started.
It turned out better than I thought so I gave it to my mom for mother’s day. I finished it off after the etching with 440 grit sand paper and 2 coats of Polycrylic.
The next one I plan to make will be made of Black Walnut and Cherry with the bottle running parallel to the counter…at least that’s the plan right now. Comments and suggestions always welcome.