I got a picture texted to me by my daughter-in-law. It was a board with some pegs sticking out of it. It looked like the Etsy type of thing. She wanted to know if I was able to make her something like it for her sister's wedding shower. .... and could I make it 'old looking'? Trapped right there with a leading question. No hurry, don't need it 'till May. Little did I know, these things are now very popular for weddings, showers, etc. in place of a cake. Who knew? I had to play 20 questions to know what to design, and what to make it out of.
After thinking on it a while, I remembered that cool Weathered Slat clock by Michael Tyler. I wanted to do something different, and that fit the bill. I loved the style, and the paint job. I'm shameless about borrowing ideas.
It is the largest in physical size that I've made at 2' x 3'. Just for fun, the lettering is extruded text. It's painted with a great gold reflective paint. I made the panel from a glue-up of cheap pine. The carve took about 12 hours for the rough and finish. I used a 1/8" tapered ball nose. I was really pleased with the outcome. It looked great.
I was worried about the painting since I had so much time in the carve. But, at least the wood was cheap. I started with a base coat of thinned SealCoat. Then I applied a coat of General Finishes Weathered Gray stain. I only rubbed a little off. Then I went from light to dark with other stains, sealing with flat clear after all the base coats were applied. I finished with judicious applications of stains for weathering. The final was applying the gold reflective lettering to the paint, then a flat clear coat. I finished with distressed pegs, and some slide-on feet. I did make the feet out of 3/4" Baltic plywood, so they wouldn't break.
I'm very pleased with the outcome, and I had a great time designing and making something so different.