There’s something extra special about seeing crafts and DIY project that show off the values that are important to their maker!
Of course, we love just about every DIY project we stumble upon, but we have a serious soft spot for meaningful crafts, like these adorable photo trees that let you show off everyone who’s near and dear to you.
Thats why we’re big fans of a gorgeous project that’s been circulating around the internet lately, and is packed chockfull with important sentimental value.
It’s a beautiful table, handcrafted by a firefighter as a special gift for his whole crew to gather around and reminisce over.
He made carefully by hand from contrasting pattern of beer bottle caps, and ended up creating a useful memento that any firefighter would be proud to have in his station!
Scroll through the pictures below to check out his incredible project from start to finish.
He started his project with a set of table legs that he found discarded.
There were missing a table top, but were otherwise perfectly good.
He realized that they were the perfect framework for building a new table all his own.
Next, he got to work slicing out his table top.
He just used an ordinary piece of wood, and cut out the round shape of his table top.
He was able to keep it pretty simple, since he knew he was going to be covering up the surface of the wood anyway.
Next, he attached the table top to the legs.
It needed a little bit of adjusting, since his table top was a circle, and thelegs were originally attached to an oval-shaped table.
With a little bit of woodworking and finagling, he was able to put them together into a brand-new table.
Once the table itself was finished, he began laying out the caps to createjust the right pattern for his firehouse.
He used different kinds of bottle caps to create contrast and work out the pattern.
Here’s what it looked like while he was still sorting out the design he wanted, a seal variation.
In the end, he decided to add a few other bits and pieces of design to pay special homage to his fellow firefighters.
He doesn’t explain in his post exactly what the numbers and letters he includes mean, but we’re guessing they have to do with his specific department.
The number “446,” for example might be his engine number.
Meanwhile, we’d take a guess that the letter “AVC” stand for his county!
No matter what the letters and numbers stand for, it’s clear that he has tremendous respect for his fellow firefighters.
He cemented the design forever, using a combination of grout and epoxy to hold his meaningful design in place.
The finished product is a stunner of a table.
It’s liberally covered in epoxy to give it a dramatic, glossy finish that will preserve the bottle caps forever.
Most importantly, we imagine any firefighter would be honored to sit at it and share a meal with his colleagues!
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