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Old 01-11-2011, 12:59 PM   #106
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No, it's just too bright. 40w bulbs in there, but they are right at eye level and dominate your vision. I got a can of this rustoleum stuff and did a couple coats on a scrap piece of glass.. it did a very low level of "frosting". I thought maybe you had a better way. I'm going to try some more coats of the spray tonight.

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:03 PM   #107
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Probably not exact replicas, but the utilization of the light diffuser instead of globes like my mind has been stuck on. Lit letters for someone's intials comes to mind. I'll have to break out the scribble book I use for brainstorming and see what I come up with. I like trying to be original.
I was thinking of a similar project a while back that might help out.

At craft stores, you can get this glass etching stuff that lets you use a stencil to etch letters, etc, into glass. Come to think of it, you could do the same thing with this stuff I'm using for a different project right now. Jury's still out on how well it works, though.

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:05 PM   #108
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I too tried the spray route, it did not work well enough and looked blotchy when the light is on.
I also tried sanding a scrap to see if that would do it..... nope. This pre-frosted worked the best.
I'd avoid trying the diamond-pattern clear stuff, like on ceiling fixtures too, it's brittle and very hard to attempt to cut.

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I love those small boxes mouse. I'm looking to do something along those lines for brass and aluminum chess pieces. Some day when I have free time (god knows when that is going to be) I'll have to draw something up and get some tips from you. I want to do 1", 1.25", and 1.5" holes in a nice board, then I'll glue that to an inside base so that the pieces can sit in the recessed area's, then I'll probably felt line the whole inside. The outside is pretty much a crap shoot, i need to find some nice trim and some accent pieces.

After that I want to make a table out of the board itself. It's 36" x 36" and I used white and blue marble tiles for squares. I haven't decided how I want to do that yet because it already has some nice trim on it. I want to find a way to incorporate that and maybe do a glass inlay on top.
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Sounds cool! You might want to consider adding a carrying handle and "good ol' HDD magnets" to keep it closed tight.
Hate to have it pop open and have all the pieces end up all over the floor.

.....You know where to post the pictures when you're done, and I'm personally looking forward to seeing them!

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I hadn't thought about handles, that's definitely something I'm going to think about now. I'm going to be making a matching pair, one for each side. I'll take some pictures of the set itself some time and throw it up. This is making me want to do some drawings today when i get home from work. Maybe I'll start fleshing it out finally, lol.
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That reminded me of a table I made years ago. It had backgammon, chess/checkers and cribbage boards airbrushed with stain on the top, then varnished.
I have a better picture of the entire table shown, but it wasn't next to THIS one in the photo album, as I would have thought it would be. I'll keep looking...
Sorry for the poor quality, this is a photo OF a photo as my scanner seems to be screwed up now....

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That reminded me of a table I made years ago. It had backgammon, chess/checkers and cribbage boards airbrushed with stain on the top, then varnished.
I have a better picture of the entire table shown, but it wasn't next to THIS one in the photo album, as I would have thought it would be. I'll keep looking...
Sorry for the poor quality, this is a photo OF a photo as my scanner seems to be screwed up now....

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Do you remember what kind of wood you built it with?
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I'm not remembering that at all. lol
Back then it could have been plywood?
I just remember it was a pain in the **** to drill all the holes "X" deep for the cribbage pegs, which went around the diamond to end dead center of the table in a leather diamond inlay in the middle.

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Very cool. I took some pictures on my board yesterday but don't have them on my flash drive. When I get home I'll host them and throw some up.
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cool! Can't wait!

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I gotta say the work you do is simply outstanding. It reminds me of my old woodshop teacher he would bring his new projects to class and the reaction he would get from us was simply priceless. By doing that he inspired me into building my own projects and being a diy guy…
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I gotta say the work you do is simply outstanding.
Why... Thank You!

...Now if someone out there would just SEE that, and hire me and give me MONEY for it!

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The desk lamp wins in the 70's scandinavian retro design competition. Most excellent.
The small amount of time I spent in Denmark and Sweden helped me appreciate their fondness for well crafted design. It is the art with which they fill their less assuming modest houses

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