The AVIator Sign

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Project by Jenine posted 11-02-2013 03:31 PM 1189 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My son’s name is Avi (pronounced ah-vee, which is Hebrew for “my father”). For his third birthday, I made him a full on airplane room. I built a bi-plane shelf and the wooden sign seen in this post (will post the bi-plane shelf later).

For Avi’s first birthday, my friend made him a small wooden bi-plane for his room. My friend and her husband are both graphic designers who have spent plenty of time in marketing, so when it came time to name the plane they came up with a very clever one: The AVIator. Here is the plane she made for him:

We hung up his AVIator plane, and my friend sent this awesome propeller clock.

I decided to make this sign to wrap up the AVIator theme. The frame was built from hemlock scraps I picked from my carpenter friend (he calls whenever they finish a house and have a lot of scraps I can come and get). The stain color name is called “Grizzly” but I don’t know the brand. I also inherited that from my carpenter friend. I finished it with a homemade batch of beeswax and mineral oil. The letters are made of MDF. I cut them out using a jigsaw and glued and screwed them to the 1/4” plywood backing. The paint on those is a mix of various acrylic craft paints I had around the house. I just mixed colors until I found one that complimented the grizzly stain. There are large D-hook hangers installed on the back of the frame.

I love how it turned out.

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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#1 posted 11-02-2013 05:39 PM

Very nice looking sign and a real creative way to decorate his room. Just hope he doesn’t grow up to like ships. (-:

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 11-03-2013 03:48 AM

right now I am safe – he LOVES airplanes. But, a few years can change everything! I mean, look at me. Three years ago I loved shopping for designer bags and shoes. Nowadays, I can’t imagine dropping $300 on a purse! What a waste of money! That is like 30% of the band saw I have had my eye on! :)

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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#3 posted 11-06-2013 03:22 PM

Cool sign! Like the design and wood looks great. I’m sure he has an awesome room. Great work!

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 07:54 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Now! Get on that Table Saw and CUT Something!! ...LOL….


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#5 posted 11-12-2013 03:06 PM

Haha, Rick :) I know, gotta get back to that walnut that is all set up…

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 07:53 PM

Very nice gift.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 03:57 AM

Great sign and room Jenine! That is one very fortunate boy! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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