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Friday, September 5, 2014

Back-to-school photo frame made with pencils

This is one of those projects that is sure to generate conversation when guests see it in your home. They may ask you to make one for them.

I enjoy making themed picture frames. They let you expand your creativity to make something you can't find in stores. The idea behind this frame was to find a way to display a child's school photo. The opening is sized to hold a wallet sized class picture, 2.5" x 3.5".

Originally, I wanted to use colored pencils, and I wanted ones with faceted, hexagonal sides so they would have a flat side for gluing down. After visiting numerous stores, all I could find were round colored pencils so I opted for standard yellow pencils. In hindsight, I think the round pencils would have adhered fine, since I attached them with epoxy. But I'm happy I used the yellow pencils because they seem to say "school" better.

The chalkboard gives the frame a customizable aspect, especially if this is intended as a gift. The photo is held in with a backer board that is screwed in place.


This frame is up for auction. 100% of your winning bid goes directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mega Me-Mo Meetup!

I'll be at the Woodworking in America show in Winston-Salem North Carolina in a couple weeks. If you are going, please consider stopping my the Mega Me-Mo Meetup! I'm looking forward to meeting you:

6:00 September 13th at The District Rooftop Bar & Grille.

Friday, August 29, 2014

This key rack is also a dry erase message center.

A key rack is something we have been needing for a long time. We have a coat rack near our front door that stores a lot of things, but keys get piled up on top and fall off. After considering a lot of different designs, I thought it would be fun if the rack was also a message center.

The "dry-erase" board is just a piece of plexiglass. I made it removable to help with cleaning and so it can be easily replaced if it gets scratched or damaged. But mostly because it made it lot easier to apply a spray lacquer finish to the wood!

I made this using free pallet wood and materials I already had in my shop.