Make a Hand-Crafted Beer Signal
The Greatest Anniversary Gift I’ve Ever Created Him
I utilized to make birthday, Christmas and anniversary gifts for my husband – some awesome stuff (and some not so cool things), but that’s for an additional net webpage – but it is been awhile. Earlier this year, inspiration struck as I was cleansing up the metal caps from beer bottles and tossing them into the recycle bin.
There are so several excellent patterns and logos on bottle caps and I’ve constantly wanted to do some thing with them, but didn’t know what. Then, I thought… I can make my husband a signal with collage of the beer caps from all of this preferred microbrewed beers. I wished the sign to have a shelf in which he could place glassware near his homebrew taps. So my gears commenced turning, coming up with a layout I would be capable to achieve with constrained woodworking capabilities and equipment.
This is the story of the ideal anniversary present I have ever created him. All photos on this webpage are my own.
As I mentioned, I employed to make gifts for my husband for each and every event and vacation. I was enthusiastic with this concept and started out collecting caps right away. Just a number of weeks ago, he was talking with a good friend on the phone about a bottle cap collage his friend has seen and how cool it was and how they both wanted one particular.
I was of course satisfied since that meant my notion was spot on and he would feel it was actually particular to have the signal I was planning to make, but my happiness swiftly turned sour when I heard them start plotting how they may well go about generating indications themselves.
When he received off the telephone, I slyly talked about how active he was with function and the projects he was presently planning about the home… He advised me, “No, I will make the time. It will be so cool!” I was forced to inform him not to do it simply because I previously had programs. We had a very good laugh, and with this undertaking, I’ll nevertheless surprise him with how properly it truly is turned out.
Go through on to uncover out how I did it!
I planned the plywood sheet to be tall enough to accommodate the bottle cap layout I desired, plus the shelf supported by brackets – two.five-feet wide by 3-feet tall. I wished to use a image frame, but did not want to devote a whole lot of money, so I settled on molding that you may possibly put all around a window. I planned the molding to be 1/4-inch wider than the plywood all the way around so you would not be capable to see the plywood edge, even from the side.
If I were making this sign for myself, I would go to a thrift shop and buy a funky image frame. But as it was, I did not have time to go buying out of town (we never have any thrift stores exactly where I dwell), and I chose molding with a small bit of shape and design and style to it that was two-one/four inches wide. Given that I didn’t have the appropriate equipment or skills for cutting the plywood or carrying out the miter cuts on the molding strips, I asked my regional hardware keep to do the cutting for me. It saved me a ton of time, gave me molding that matched nicely at the corners, and only value me $.50 per lower. I enjoy my neighborhood hardware keep!!!
Make positive you sand down jagged surfaces before you spray. I had some rough spots from the cuts manufactured to the board that will be my shelf. A minor sandpaper knocked individuals proper down and it was ready for spraying as well. The shelf and the base will match. Just wait… you are going to see at the assembly phase more down the page.
There is not much else to say about this step except… be protected!
* Read through and stick to the directions on the spray can.
* Do your spray painting outside.
* Maintain the wind at your back.
When you get rid of a bottle cap from a beer bottle, the caps often get bent. If you drink beer, you presently know this. There were a few caps I genuinely needed to use, since I only had one or they had been all bent, so I essential to “resolve” them. So I developed a method for (virtually) returning the tops to the smooth, flat finish, they had whilst they were even now on the bottle.
To re-flatten bottle caps you need to have:
* 7/8-inch hardwood dowel
* An outdated rag
* A scrap block of wood
I considered by means of a whole lot of possibilities for what kind of image I wanted to generate. I ruled most of them out for 1 reason or yet another until one felt correct, but I want to share them all with you to aid give you tips for items you may well do.
1. I had a good deal of plain gold caps, so I imagined a whole lot about creating a word in caps and surrounding it with other much more colorful caps. I enjoy the thought, but didn’t have as many colorful caps as I desired to make it seem as great as I wished.
2. I considered lengthy and challenging about just making a style, like a starburst or anything. Yet again, the colors weren’t working out to my liking and the styles I was coming up with did not seem to be like they would be meaningful to my husband.
three. What I lastly settled on was to pick one particular of every cap that I had. I began a border about the inside of the frame, leaving a good deal of space within. It seems to be terribly unfinished, and it is. I actually liked this notion, simply because my husband and I have numerous years of taste-testing ahead of us. We’ll fill it in as we go (much like our marriage… is that cheesy?)!
To glue on the caps, I put a very good-sized dollop of sizzling glue in the center of the back of the cap, ran a little up the sides in two spots, and pressed it into location on the indicator. This permitted the scorching glue to drip down connecting the cap to the wood, but nonetheless stored the glue hidden.
At initial, I wasn’t certain if I must mount the bracket to the sign or the shelf initial. People who work with wood all the time almost certainly know precisely the correct purchase to do things in, but I had to consider it via. I wished to make certain the back of the shelf was perfectly flush with the indicator, but also required to make certain the brackets had been precisely even so they could give the ideal help to the shelf.
I determined to mount the brackets to the shelf 1st, which would ensure they had been even. Then, I mounted the shelf and brackets to the sign. I’m glad I did it this way, due to the fact it produced it a good deal simpler to center and degree the shelf.
I additional the cup hooks right after all the other parts have been put collectively, which permitted me to see greater how they would match on the bottom of the shelf. This stage was quite straightforward. Phew!
I believed extended and difficult about the rewards of image wire vs. hanging my signal by chains. Both would have worked properly.
With Picture Wire – With image wire, you want small brackets for the back of the picture, the screws or nails to hold them in area and the image wire itself. It hangs from 1 or two nails or hooks mounted to the wall. Occasionally, heavier images (dependent on the placement of the brackets and the length of the wire) can hang at an angle from the wall. Because I planned to be ready to put glassware on the shelf, I wanted it as degree as achievable. I ruled out the picture wire.
With Chains – With chains, you need to have tiny brackets mounted at the prime of the picture (I mounted mine to the back due to the fact my design created both the frame and the plywood edge also weak to bear the weight of the complete signal), the chains themselves and hooks for the ceiling (screwed into ceiling joists). With the placement of the floor joists that make up my basement ceiling, it would be easy for me to get the hooks in and hang the indicator from individuals hooks. I made the decision to go with chains and liked the appear of them anyway.
My only concern with the chains was that the bottom could perhaps swing out if a mug caught on one particular of the hooks or something. I purchased “super magnets” to hold the bottom in location towards the wall – hidden protection towards feasible accidents.
Here is the last solution as I gave it to my husband (the photo at the best is the most up to date version with additional caps). It really is not ideal, but I’m truly proud of it!
All advised, I spent much less than $a hundred to make this sign. I would have conserve even a handful of far more bucks if I had obtained a pre-created frame that I liked at a thrift shop then had the plywood lower to fit (but that will be a undertaking for an additional time).