Boy do I love something for free, especially when it's going to be discarded and end up in a land fill somewhere. I picked up this unusal piece at a local discount furniture store, where it was once the carved piece attached to a china cabinet(similar to this one). Well somehow it lost it's way from it's buddy the china cabinet and ended up in the throw away pile. I kindly asked if I could have it, at that time not really having any idea what I could make from it. I thought possibly a really long coat rack, but I didn't have a need for a 5-6 foot coatrack. I've learned along the way that you may not know initially what on earth you'll do with it, but someday you will, and that someday came along. I thought it would make a neat old looking sign, so I cut the ends down to the size I wanted added some 1X6 pine boards,painted it, distressed it and now I proudly hang my free sign in my hallway.