Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Make "EAT" Letters From Pallet Wood


There are "EAT" letters all over the internet, in blogs and for sale at decor sites.  I decided to use some pallet wood to make my own... very easy to do!

I had rough pallet wood that was 2 7/8" wide that I felt would be a good width for letters. To determine what size my letters would be I simply laid down three of the pieces horizontally with some space between.  This helped me to see that with the slats being 2 7/8" wide, the "E" should be 10 1/2" high.  I then laid another piece vertically beside the horizontal pieces and figured out what width the "E" should be to look correct. The "E" is 8 1/2" wide:


Of course all letters need to be the same height, but not necessarily the same width.  Because the "A" has it's sides on an angle, the "A" (as in most fonts) will be wider than the "E".  I set up some scrap slats to get a height of 10 1/2" to match the "E" and came up with a visually pleasing width of 11" wide for the "A":


The "T" follows easily, also the same 10 1/2" high, it looked best to me at 8 3/4" wide:


I cut some thin MDF with my jigsaw, for backing for each letter. I made it about 1/2" smaller all around each letter and then glued and pin nailed from the back:

I painted the letters edges only with white and then the fronts with turquoise.  I sanded over each letter to give a distressed look.



Very easy to make, only a few cuts and you could make any letters this way! A child's name? Something for Christmas or a wedding... anything!




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Routering An Edge on a Sign plus Using Part of a Stencil

Well, it's been a while since I've posted.  We are STILL waiting for our house to sell, quite a few showings but not any offers.  I feel so ... stuck.  Also I am going crazy with not making things in the shop.  I have enough to move that I don't really want more but, as you creative people know, there is a constant need to make something!

So, I will show some older signs and things and maybe work on something new just to get myself out of this rut.

Most of my signs have just plain 90 degree square edges, but sometimes I change it up with a router.  I LOVE my routers (I have three) and all the different bits that can make unlimited changes to a piece of wood.

The round over bit can be used in a few ways, depending on how much of the bit you use:

If you just want to round the top or bottom edge of your work, you set the bit so that only the curved part of the bit hits the wood.  (Round over bits come in different sizes for different thicknesses of wood)
You will get a rounded edge like this:


If you want top and bottom rounded you pass the router over both sides of your wood and get this:

However, if you want a small vertical edge along with the rounded edge you allow the vertical cutter on the bit to also hit the wood and you get this:

This is what I did with my "Welcome" sign.  I used the round over bit in my router, with the router hanging in the router table and the sign face down on the table.

I don't do this in one pass, I usually make about four passes, starting with the bit lower in the table and just taking a small amount of wood off the four edges of the sign.  Then I raise the bit and take more wood off.  This is easier on the wood and the router and safer for the operator.

Here you can see the sign is face down (already painted, sorry I forgot to take a photo while I was routering):

You end up with a nice edging around your sign:

I first stained this wood with my steel wool and vinegar concoction and then painted over that with turquoise paint.  I sanded some of the paint off to distress the sign, then I used white paint on just a part of my "Paris Flea Market" stencil on each end of the sign.  Many stencils can be used in pieces to create different looks.  This one from Mudaritaville in full is quite different:

I hand painted "Welcome" in white with a grey edging:

This sign is 23" long x 5 1/2" wide.

Hope I've given some of you some ideas for your own creations!


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