Monday, May 27, 2013

Welcome Sign

Here is another sign made from pallet wood coated with shellac and hand painted.




12 1/2" diameter, $50


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Friday, May 24, 2013

You Are My Sunshine

Here's my newest sign made from pallet wood coated with shellac and hand painted.
The sun graphic is from The Graphics Fairy.




13 3/4" diameter, $50
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Flower Crate from Pallet Wood



I made this crate from pallet wood I had and 3 Mason type jars that I bought at the grocery store, that once contained spaghetti sauce.
To get the correct length to cut, I put the jars right on a piece of wood and put some scraps between to represent the dividers, allowing just enough space to fit the jars in with a bit of room on each side. For my jars the length was 12 1/2".

I used the full width of my wood (it is 3 5/8") so that is the height of the crate as well as the inside bottom width.

I placed one board on the bottom and the two upright sides and measured to get the size of the end pieces.  I cut those and also the middle dividers which fit between the sides. I used a pin nailer to attach the parts together.

I applied a quick coat of my vinegar and steel wool mixture and let that dry, then I dry brushed white paint over the top. After that I hand painted "Les Fleurs" on one side and "Flowers" on the other.

I sold this crate, along with the jars and the flowers shown, at the first Farmers' Market I took it to.  So many of my items have gone to the market and home again many times and this sold only a few days after I made it.  Wish I could figure out what people want... I'm not sure if I should make another one?


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pallet Tables

I am so behind in my blogging, I will have to just do some quick posts to try to catch up...

I made two tables last year, completely out of pallet wood.



I even had some 2 x 2s with my pallets.  Those I cut in two to make the length of the legs (about 19" long") so there was no wastage. The construction is basic and you can see it here:



and here is a close up:

I don't nail or screw down the tops because they can change widths with changes in humidity, so I use Z clips that insert into a groove in the apron of the table.  This allows the top to expand and contract as the clips move in and out a bit while still in the groove.


One of my tables was painted with a dry brush technique using turquoise paint on the legs and aprons and white solid paint on the top:


For the second second table I used a technique I had not tried before but found Becky using for some of the creations at her blog Beyond the Picket Fence (thanks Becky!)  First the top was painted in turquoise and then after it dried I sanded it smooth so that the turquoise paint was still in the crevices of the rough pallet wood.  Then I wiped stain over the painted top and wiped off the extra.  Also, I stained the legs and apron.

Here's a close up of the top with my little model:

The top is 18" x 18" and the table is 20" high:


I've used a lot of pallet wood in my creations, it's hard to believe so many people just throw it away!


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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to Save Ink When Printing Large Fonts for Signs, etc.

I make a lot of signs and I've seen many bloggers that do the same.

However, some of you are printing out your letters and numbers in full solid black ink.  Did you know that if they are large letters you can just print out the outline?  Usually that is all you need anyway.

I use the carbon paper transfer technique where I print the words on my home printer and then put a piece of carbon paper between the printed words and the wood.  I show it more detailed here in this blog post

And that post shows my fonts printed as solid filled in letters.  This was a few years ago before I discovered that there was a way to just print the outlines.


Now I print just the outlines so they look more like this:


Before: 
    After:  

Okay, here's the steps:

·       Open your word program (I use Microsoft Word Starter 2010 which came free with my computer, other programs may be different, but most should have this option for outlining.)
·       Go to the Home Tab if you are not already there
·       Type your word or words in the font you prefer and enlarge to the size you want. (I find with small or thin fonts I don’t worry about the letter being filled in because it won’t save much or any ink anyway.)
·       Highlight the text you want to outline.
·       While still at that Home Tab, look for the small “Font” heading under where you have chosen your font and also under the place where you select Bold, Italic and Underline, etc. Click on the tiny arrow to the right of where it says “Font” and to the left of where it says “Paragraph” 
·       You should be in a box with two tabs, Font and Advanced.  You should be in the Font tab, if not, select that.
·       At the bottom click on “Text Effects” 
·       This will take you to another box and the first thing should be “Text Fill,” for this application (outlining) select “No Fill”
·       Do not Close yet, pick the next heading down on the left which is “Text Outline” and select “Solid Outline” and then choose Black or what you prefer for the colour.  I leave the Transparency at “0 %”
·       Click Close to get out of that box and then OK to get out of the first Font box.

Your letters should then show as outlined!

At this point you can still highlight them and change them or make them bigger or smaller by using the original Font name and size box.

 I hope that this has helped some of you, it certainly has saved me a lot of ink over the past couple of years. Thanks to Deb of Lake Girl Paints for encouraging me to write this and helping me to test it out.


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