Design on a Dime (literally)

Coins falling in pile

Not only do we have the BEST members in the world, but some of the most CREATIVE! We caught wind that one of our Linn Area Credit Union family members had created something so full of awesome that we just HAD to feature her! We’d like to introduce you to Brenda and her fabulous penny table!

2 What inspired you to make a penny table?
Well, I have wanted to make one for the last two years.  I saw a photo about people tiling a floor with pennies.  Plus, I love doing unique projects.

How long did it take you?
I started on a Friday afternoon and the resin was fully cured by the following Wednesday.

What was the process like? 5
First, I had to sand down my dining room table. I wasn’t able to get it out the door, so I had to take it apart.  Once it was sanded, I started locating pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.  I went to local home improvement stores to get most of my supplies (wood glue, black un-sanded grout, high gloss resin, tools, buckets, etc.).  Friday afternoon, we worked on getting everything where we wanted it.  I had a plan to use contact paper to help lay the coins on the table was I brushed the glue on.  Well, that was a disaster! The coins were just too heavy.  So I stayed up until 4AM on Saturday hand gluing everything.  It was a lot of work, but well worth it.  Once it was all glued, I started to use the un-sanded grout.  Once it was dry on Sunday I was able to pour the resin.  This was a very tricky 8 process.  You have to make sure you mix it with the exact measurements.  If you don’t, it won’t pour or dry evenly.  Once poured, we had to use a hand torch to get the air bubbles out.  Then I was on an 8 hour watch for air bubbles, dust, flies, etc.  I had to make sure nothing got stuck in the resin.

Who helped you create this masterpiece? 6
My niece Sydney and nephew Billy.  I also had some help creating the design from my daughter, Zoe.  And my friend, Matt, helped with the resin pour.

How much money in coins is on the table total?
It’s around $50 total.  I know that we used a roll of quarters, about 2 rolls of dimes and nickels each, and the rest in pennies.  It’s hard to tell the exact number.  I’m sure one day I will figure it out.  I had to cut some pennies, so I couldn’t be too sure.

7 How did Linn Area Credit Union help you with this project?Well, I had to make about 3-4 stops at the credit union.  I had gotten a few rolls at a time.  When, we planned the design in the middle of the table, I needed new, shiny pennies.  On the rest of the table I wanted a mixture of new and old.  So I had to call around to all the LACU locations to get the right amount.  Everyone was so helpful!  They were extremely patient.

What are you doing with the table now?
Well, it is in the dining room.  It is used every day.  My daughter and I have already used it for meals and we also play board games.

What has been the reaction of your friends and family to the table? 9
Well, my daughter has already gotten distracted while looking at all the different coins. Haha!  Most of the quarters were placed face down, so she searches for all the states.  Her favorite is Iowa.  I have posted this on Facebook, and sent emails to family and friends.  Everyone has been so excited and said it was a really cool idea.  I have even had some people asking to do the same to their tables.

How long have you been a part of our Linn Area Credit Union family?
It’s been about 5 years, maybe more.

10 Anything else you would like to add??
This project would be nothing if it hadn’t been for the help of the following: Zoe Cronin, Jon Cronin, Sydney Adams, Billy Adams, Matthew Wolrab, and, of course, Linn Area Credit Union.  Thank you all!


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