Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wedding Signs and Chalkboards

These signs were made by myself for a wedding that took place last summer.  I was contacted by the bride, through email, after she saw my local ad on Kijiji.

Sarah wanted original signs with a different font, more fun and curly, than regular signs I do. I work with brides to get the signs they want and I can do any font and any size, so the possibilities are endless.  I used old pallet wood that had been outside for quite a few years and had an aged grey patina. (All my signs are completely hand painted.)

She settled on this font:

Sarah wanted some directional signs because the drive was out in the country.  I thought these were a great idea that Sarah came up with:

She also needed some "Bride" and "Groom" signs and chalkboards.

The chalkboards were cut with grooves for the hardboard which you can see how I make here, but this time I went with mitred corners.  The couple's initials were painted on the top.

Sarah ordered 3 chalkboards to use at the reception:

She also wanted a larger sign with some writing and the couple's names and wedding date. This sign was made by edge-gluing five boards together.  (You don't need screws, glue is actually stronger than the wood and will not come apart)

This next photo shows the whole order:

Here are the signs in use on the special day:

And here is the beautiful couple:

Thank you to Sarah for choosing me to help make her day special with personalized signs and also for providing me with extra photos.

May Ray and Sarah continue to enjoy the Happiness forever!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chalkboard with Painted Scroll Graphic

I just finished making this yesterday and delivered it to a local store for sale there.

The best thing about being a woodworker is making things to your own sizes, and your own shapes and ideas.  You don't have to search for something to paint, you make your own article to paint!

I have shown before how I make my chalkboards so will just show a few photos of the process.

This board is made with 1/4" thick hardboard, which means that the frame has to have slots that are just a touch wider than 1/4" that the hardboard can fit into. I run my wood (pine, in this case) through the tablesaw blade to get the slot or groove.

There are four pieces, a top and bottom and two sides.  I decided not to go square or rectangular but to add a shape to the board at the top, with room for a graphic, and a bit of curviness on the sides and bottom.  I cut them with a jigsaw.

The ends of the side pieces have a built-in tenon that fits into the grooves in the top and bottom pieces.  The grooves are there for the chalkboard, so the tenon (the piece that goes into the grooves to make the "corners"), is 1/4" wide to fit into them.  The following photo should show that better than I have just described it:

The piece is glued together and coated with shellac (I use clear shellac mixed at a 4:1 ratio with amber shellac), which gives a nice colour and finish to projects that I am going to distress.

I then "paint" a bit of Vaseline here and there all over the frame and then coat it with two coats of white paint.

Vaseline will stop the paint from covering in those spots.  It also gives a bit of a cracked look.  I wipe the vaseline off, but leave some of the cracked part there.

Then I found a graphic at The Graphics Fairy website and enlarged it to the size I felt would fit on the top portion of the chalkboard.  I transferred the design using carbon paper and then hand painted  the scroll design. I then scrubbed it lightly with some water and some sandpaper to make it look old, and sprayed it with a clear coat sealer.

My chalkboard with painted scroll graphic is 22 1/2" tall x 13 1/2" wide and sells for $50.

This is the same shape (except for the curves on the sides and bottom) I used for another chalkboard over a year ago, which looks much different than this one.

Hope you like them both!

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French Country Cottage                          The Graphics Fairy
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Another Birth Announcement Sign

I am behind on blogging about all the things I've made, I still have many from 2012.

Anyway, here is another birth announcement sign made as a gift to a beautiful baby boy.

His room has lime green accents and the theme is monkeys, so I put lime green on the border and painted a monkey holding his name.

(I have blocked out the last name for privacy reasons.)

This sign is about 18" long and 5 1/2" wide. This type of sign is for sale, in any colours and with any design added.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Log Candle Holder

I made myself one of these a few years ago and decided to make more to sell.  I use a log (this one is maple) and then cut it to size and hand carve out a heart from the bark.  Then I carve the couple's initials inside the heart.

These make great Valentine's gifts or wedding or engagement presents.

Each holder is unique and specially made so sizes are approximate and will depend on the piece of log used, but will be about 5" tall and a diameter of 2- 2 1/2".  The cut out heart is about 2" high by 2 1/4" across.  It holds a standard sized tealight.

For sale for $40 plus shipping by contacting me.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Birth Announcement Sign

This sign was made as a gift for a special little boy.  (I've crossed out his last name just to keep it private.)

Ben's dad is a basketball player, coach and fan... so I added the basketball in the corner.

This type of sign is for sale, in any colours and with any design added.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Abide in Me

I am back to blogging after a few weeks break.

This is a sign I made for my wonderful son, Bryan.  I asked him to provide me with a few of his favourite Bible passages, and used this one for a gift to him.

The sign is hand painted on a raised panel made of pine strips edge-glued together.  The profile was made on my router, as you would for a raised panel door.  I painted the edges black to act as a frame.

The whole piece is 13 1/2" square, the flat inner part is 12" square.  The thickness is 5/8" and it has a sawtooth hanger on the back.

Bryan enjoyed his gift almost as much as I enjoyed making it and giving it to him!

A sign like this can be made for you, please contact me through my blog, or my email at

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