|Project by wastedalf||posted 08-31-2013 02:48 AM||1381 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This is what I consider to be my first real project (since it’s actually leaving the apartment). Everything before this was just practice.
My friend just got a new house (today), and it has an awesome man cave in it! Problem is… she isn’t a man. A few weeks ago, when she was showing us pictures of the new place, she said “It can’t be a man cave anymore. I got it! I think I’ll call it the cougar den! I should get a sign that says that!”
Of course I knew immediately what our housewarming gift to her would be, and this is how it turned out.
Walnut board from the clearance rack at wood craft, trimmed up to size: 27 1/2×8 x 1. I used the old Craftsman router to do the letters freehand… obviously the Rs turned out the worst, but from every book I’ve read, if it looks perfect, then what’s the point of it being handmade?
My wife helped paint the lettering, I did the Cardinal Head by hand with a computer printout, some carbon paper, then acrylic paint. My friend is a huge Louisville fan so I know this is what puts the sign over the top.
Finished with a sealer coat of 75% Minwax gloss poly 25% Mineral Spirits, then 2 coats of straight poly with 320 grit in between. Front got a third sanding with 600 then a topcoat.
Thanks for viewing. Any comments, advice, or criticism is greatly welcomed. I need and appreciate the input :) Next project will be more than one piece of wood… I promise.
-- If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed. - Ecclesiastes 10:10