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Project by tefinn posted 385 days ago 1297 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Haven’t posted any projects for awhile, so I figured it’s about time. I made this for my friend’s 4 year old grandson. He’s a big Batman fan and I thought he’d like this.

It’s made with Honduran mahogany and white oak with light ebonizing on the oak.

I found the bat logo online and resized it, printed it, then scrolled it out with my scrollsaw. Yellow textured glass was cut and fitted to the inside behind the logo. Brass screws and threaded inserts allow the glass to be replaced if it ever breaks. The light cord came from Lowes and clips into a reducing washer epoxied into the through hole. The bulb is just a 4 watt nightlight bulb.

Finished with Watco Danish oil to highlight the grain and top coated with several coats of Deft semi-gloss lacquer. Sanded with 320 between coats and 600 after the last, then buffed out with paste wax

I was looking to get a gothic/deco look to recall the old gothic Batman from the late 30’s, early 40’s. I think I got what I wanted. The overall size is about 16”L x 8”H x 8’D. Any comments or criticisms are welcome.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.





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jeffswildwood

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#1 posted 385 days ago

How creative….love it. My sons were BIG batman fans, they would have flipped over this when they were little. Good job!

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Mean_Dean

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#2 posted 385 days ago

That is a great looking nightlight! I’m a big Batman fan myself, and I’m sure the grandson is going to love it!

-- Dean

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Fishinbo

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#3 posted 382 days ago

Very cool nightlight! My kids will love it. Great wood colors and design especially the base. Great work!

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tefinn

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#4 posted 381 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys! Greatest thing in the world is making stuff for kids!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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A.Scott

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#5 posted 379 days ago

This is so cool, my son loves all of the superheros so I may have to make a couple of these to put around his room. Thanks for sharing!!

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#6 posted 379 days ago

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#7 posted 291 days ago

love it

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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Roger

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#8 posted 200 days ago

Now this is way kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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tefinn

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#9 posted 195 days ago

Glad you guys like it!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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