With Help From Dad G.

A Very Special Wedding calls for a Very Special Wedding gift, don’t you think?

Good thing we have a Dad who makes Very Special Wedding gifts possible.

After a morning of blackberry picking two Saturdays ago, we headed out to his shop.

Dad has a little of everything in his garage, but most of all, wood.

First, we designed a design (more on that later).  Then, we had to pick out a board.  Dad helped us pick this piece of scrap hard maple: unusable for breadboards because of the wormholes, but perfect for our intent and purpose.

Then it was whirlwind tour of woodshop stops: saws…


…more saws…

….more sanders…

…and even more sanders!…

…until that scrap board was perfect.

Next came a part I didn’t get pictures of: Dad’s CNC (computer-something-controlled) router attacked that board like it was chocolate.  Away it worked, a bit here, a bit there, a bit more over there–following our design that we designed in step 1.

[insert imaginary picture of router at work following our design here]


[insert picture that for some reason won’t load onto wordpress of the finished product au-natural here]

Next step: a coat of Miriwax semi-gloss polyurethane (from a spray can) here, a coat there.  Three coats and drying time later:


And there you have our Very Special Wedding Present.

Isn’t she a beauty?  Thanks, Dad G!

P.S.: a Very Special Wedding and a Very Special Wedding Present naturally need a Very Special Card, don’t you think?

  1. #1 by Susan H on July 21, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    that is inDEED a very special wedding present! it turned out great!

  2. #2 by Anna C on July 21, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    That is beautiful Cristy! I love the card too! Hmmm..another business plan?

    • #3 by Anna C on July 21, 2011 - 5:01 pm

      Or maybe just an offshoot of the first…. (the card making, I mean). Anyway, I’ll be quiet now;)

  3. #4 by trudy sinkey on July 24, 2011 - 10:45 am

    Gorgeous!! So fun to see the work in progress! Fantastic job, little brother and helpers.

  4. #5 by Laura on July 26, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Wow–the sign turned out gorgeous. I love the character in the wood! And you did an amazing job on the card–personal gifts like those are the ones that end up being treasures!

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