My Grandpa's Old Ashtray

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Project by Derek Edman posted 02-05-2014 05:00 PM 1401 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This used to be my Pap’s old ashtray. After he and my Nan passed I asked if I could have it. I decided that I wanted to make it my own so I repainted all the black and cleaned up the wood with some furniture polish to bring out the origional color. Then I ran LED lights up through the middle and glued them in the tray. I covered the lights with green flat marbles (green for Marshall University) then poured a 2 part epoxy over top and made it in to a small end table.

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 05:36 PM

Awesome, just awesome. Would make a great bedside night table. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 07:01 PM

very unique idea, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 10:41 PM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Beautiful Work! Thanks For Posting!


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 10:53 PM

That’s awesome! My grandpa had the exact same ashtray!

-- Corey, Renville, MN

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 01:09 AM

I like it! That would be nice to have glowing in a dark room after coming home from swing shift, sipping some hot chocolate while reclining in chair with my lovely bride next to my side. But since it’s not mine, I hope you enjoy it! Great retro fit.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#6 posted 02-06-2014 04:43 AM

Great tribute to old Pap.
Great imagination & design.
And great save for the family.
Nice work Derek.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 02-06-2014 03:06 PM

+1 on great imagination and novel use of the original ash tray.

Let me guess….. you don’t smoke :^)

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 05:09 PM

Cool ash tray! Like the black paint and the top looks amazing with the lights and marbles. I’m sure Pap and Nan will be happy that you restored it. Great work!

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