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Glass Jar Wall Plaque

Level of Difficulty: easy
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Red Beard Customs

Mill Lumber for Wall Plaque

  • Cut piece of white oak 19 in. long with miter saw.
  • Use Milescraft GrabberPLUS to flatten one face and one side making them perpendicular on the jointer. (Pic 1A)
  • Flatten opposite face with the planer to 1 in. thick.
  • Using Milescraft GrabberPRO, trim opposite side so piece measures 6 3/4 in. in width. (Pic 1B)
  • Trim final length of piece to 18 in. with a miter saw. (Pic 1C)

Make U-Brackets

  • Cut two strips of 22 ga weld steel measuring 6 in. L x 1 in. W using straight cut snips. (Pic 2A)
  • Bend strips into U-Shapes with dimensions 3/4 in. x 5/8 in. x 3/4 in. x 5/8 in. x 3/4 in. using a bench vice. (Pic 2B)
  • Cut off excess with snips. (Pic 2C)
  • Cut 1/2 in. slits in each side of U-Bracket where each side bends for the wings, using dremel with a cutting wheel and small metal file. (Pic 2D)
  • Adjust U-Wings to form around glass jar with bench vice. (Pic 2E)
  • Drill hole in each U-Bracket in center of base of the U with 11/64 in. drill bit. (Pic 2F) (NOTE: Use a high strength drill bit to help cut through steel.)
  • Using the Sand-It, sand each bracket starting with 80 grit through 220 grit.
  • Measure and cut adjustable pole clamps straps at 5 in.

Make Steel Vertical Mount

  • Secure piece of 1/8 in. steel flat bar to bench using Milescraft 6 in. bench clamp, mark and cut to a length of 9 5/8 in. with angle grinder and a metal cutting wheel. (Pic 3A)
  • Mark and drill holes with 11/64 in. drill bit centered and 5/8 in. from each end. (Pic 3B)
  • Smooth bar with angle grinder and a sanding disc. (Pic 3C)
  • Sand bar through grits up to 220 grit.

Cut Mounting Plaque Angles

  • On the top and bottom edges of mounting plaque at measurements 3/4 in. x 1/2 in. (Pic 4A)
  • Set table saw blade to 34 degrees and cut angles with wood plaque vertical against fence. (Pic 4B) (TIP: Clamp a piece of scrap plywood vertically to fence to provide stability when cutting angles.)
  • Sand plaque through grits starting at 80 and finishing at 320 grit.
  • Center Mounting bracket 1 in. from bottom plaque, transfer predrill 1/8 in. hole marks and predrill holes for stainless mounting screws. (Pic 4D)
  • On top of back, center and predrill 1/8 in. holes for wall mount 1 1/2 in. from top edge.

Finish Oak Plaque

  • Wipe down wooden plaque.
  • Apply finish of choice according to application directions. (Pic 5A)

Finish Steel Pieces

  • Hang steel mounting bracket with a looped wire and spray paint with several coats of metallic paint. (Pic 6A)
  • Prop up and spray several coats of clear lacquer finish, or finish of choice. (Pic 6B)

Assemble and Mount

  • Insert pole straps through U-Brackets. (Pic 7A)
  • Secure stainless Z-Bracket to back of plaque using two 5/8 in. stainless pan head screws. (Pic 7B)
  • Attach U-Brackets and the steel flat bar to wood plaque with two 3/4 in. stainless hex head screws. (Pic 7C)
  • Tighten straps around the glass jar. (Pic 7D)
  • Attach corresponding wall Z-Bracket to desired location. (Pic 7E) (NOTE: Be sure to secure Z bracket to stud or use wall anchors.)
  • Hang plaque on wall securing both Z-Brackets together, fill jar with desired foliage, stand back and admire your work! (Pic 7F)



  • 11/64 in. Cobalt Drill Bit
  • 1/8 in. Drill Bit
  • Metal Cut Off Wheel
  • Sanding Flap Disc
  • Sandpaper 80 – 220 Grit
  • Scrap Plywood
  • Shop Rags
  • Wood Finish
  • Lacquer Finish
  • Metallic Paint
  • Scrap Wire


  • White Oak Wall Plaque 18 in. L x 6 3/4 in. W x 1 in. thick
  • (2) U-Bracket 6 in. L x 1 in. W
  • (1) Steel Flat Mounting Bracket 9 5/8 in. L x 1 in. W