Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fathers Day Gift

I decided to make something special for someone in time for Fathers Day. He lost one of his daughters last year and I thought it would be great to make this gift for him.
 I decided to use a bunch of yard sticks that I got on sale at Ace hardware here in Culpeper.  They were selling out everything to remodel their store, I can't tell you how much fun I had in there stocking up on stuff.

I started out with a 10x10 mirror from Ikea, I found this one at a yard sale for a dollar it was still in the wrapper. I needed something really flat with a large surface to glue my yard sticks to. 

These are some of the supplies that I used. 

I wanted the yardsticks to look old so I painted them with really watery paint for color and then stain to make them look old. Some of them I stained with walnut and oak stain. After they all dried I started laying out how I wanted them to go on the frame and cutting them to fit. I used a chop saw but they cut really easy even with a little hand saw. 

 I like things to be random and not any special pattern so I cut and fitted all around the whole frame. I numbered the back of the pieces and the number on the frame so I would not get confused when I took them off to glue. 

 I love how old the yard sticks look and I love the different size numbers on them. I gave this about 10 coats of polycrylic after I glued them on. I like it to feel smooth. I did sand very lightly with fine grit paper between several of the coats. 

I think he will like this, he is a wonderful potter and he knows how special hand made items are.  I hope this makes Brian's Fathers Day a little happier I know it is going to be a hard one. 
I need to get busy and make something for Fathers Day for that special someone in my life. 


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