Today I have a super simple DIY that would make an awesome gift for Father's Day. I made this vintage audio reel art for my pilots' Daddy as part of a Father's Day office/den spruce up.
When I first grabbed this audio reel from my dad's collection, I thought I would hang it on the wall in Tech Guy's office/den. When I started laying out some of the picture frames that I wanted to put up along with the reel I felt like it needed a little more three dimensional interest. I turned to Tech Guy and asked him if there was a way to mount this reel on a stick. He then came up with the idea to use a threaded metal rod. It was a pretty simple process:
1. Find an empty vintage audio reel and a threaded metal rod (available at the hardware store)
2. Put glue (we used a contact cement) on both your rod and the reel where they will be touching each other
3. Slide the rod in to the space where the audio tape would have been and let the glue dry
4. Obtain your pieces to assemble the base: 2 nuts, a washer and scrap wood for the base (we used leftover cedar that was cut to 5 1/2" square and sealed it with Waterlox)
5. Drill a hole through the middle that is the width of your rod. To countersink your nut on the bottom drill the bottom again with a bit the size of your nut and drill to the depth of the nut.
6. Assemble the pieces together as shown in step 4. - tighten the rod to to the base using the nuts and washer.
That's it! Not too bad. No?
Here are some more pictures of it in place. I love how it flows with the art on the wall, but adds a little depth.
The other side of the reel is actually black which I think is pretty fun (I should have taken a picture to show you!). I could always flip it around if I feel like the room needs another hit of black. This little DIY is perfect for Tech Guy since he is in the home technology business and perfect for my audiophile dad as well. The same concept could be used for any number of items you want to turn into art by putting them on a rod/stick (movie reel, steering wheel, driftwood, etc.). I kind of like Tech Guy's shiny, vintage