Friday, June 28, 2013

Canada Flag Original Design

I use pallet wood for a lot of different things.  This time I wanted to make a Canadian flag but in a different way than usual.

My pallet wood pieces are 5/8" thick and 2 3/4" wide, cut to 12" long.

I used 7 pieces, 4 painted red and 3 painted white, they are joined with screw eyes.

Final size, top to bottom, 12" wide x 24" long and very heavy at about 4 lbs. 


Happy Canada Day

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Go Jump...

This was a sign I made by gluing together two pieces of pine.

I painted a base coat of blue and then hand painted the letters.

Something fun for at the cottage...

Size is 13 1/2" across and 11" high... $40

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"Welcome to our trailer" sign

A nice couple came to the Farmers' Market a few weeks ago wanting a sign to put out in front of their trailer.  I do a lot of custom signs and take with me, to the market, signs with different fonts, styles and sizes.

This is what they chose: 

They liked the font I used here for my "Welcome Family and Friends" circular sign. This font is called "Chopin Script."

I can make any size and they chose a rectangular one about 14" long x 7" high, which I made using two pieces of pallet wood that I glued together.

Buyers appreciate being able to have signs made to their own specifications.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Union Jack

I made a Union Jack sign about a year ago and posted it here

It's still for sale, but I made another one anyway.

This flag sign is made with pallet wood glued together vertically. I have very solid, almost 1" thick wood from pallets. I used seven pieces that are just over 3 1/2" wide and total 25", I cut them each 12 1/2" long.

There is something fascinating about the way the Union Jack is designed.  Maybe it's my mathematical mind that likes it, but I think it's great.

I found this online and it shows how to correctly paint the flag with the proper proportions:

Note that the side angled parts are six sections with the middle line running through the corners.  Then the stripes are painted with three, or half of the sections white and two red and another white section.  It's important that the larger white section is always on the bottom, or last, going clockwise. (1 white, 2 red, 3 whites always in that order as you go around the flag starting at the northeast quadrant)

Also note that the width of that middle diagonal stripe (all 6 parts) is the same as the width of the large red cross.

As I said, I find it fascinating...

After painting I sanded off the paint, to make it look distressed, using my Random Orbital Sander (ROS) and then I wiped over the whole thing with a brown stain. It took me over 2 1/2 hours just to paint the flag!

Here's a closeup:

This new Union Jack sign is for sale for $50.

The first Union Jack I painted was made with some pine tongue and groove wood I had and for that one I ran the wood horizontally:

I'm also working on a Canadian flag, I'll post that soon.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cabinet Door Chalkboards

I found two nicely shaped cabinet doors for $2 each at a local resale place.

I removed the hinges and patched the holes for those and two holes in the middle panel that must have been used for a handle at some point.

I painted the panel with chalkboard paint.  For one of the doors I used turquoise chalk paint, the other I left white since the paint was in good condition and I was going to distress it anyway.

I added an upside-down cup shaped handle, which I spray painted black, to hold the chalk.

I distressed the doors by sanding in places, the white one more, the turquoise one I splashed some stain on to make it look old. (Someone at the Farmers' Market, looking at my wares said that it looked like someone splashed some coffee on it, and wondered if it would come off - NO, it was meant to be that way and it has a clear coat of polycrylic over it!)

I usually make my own frames for chalkboards, but these were so cheap, I couldn't make them for that.  Plus they have a nice shape to them.

We'll see if they sell... $40

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Cedar plant markers

I made a few of these as a trial.  Actually it took a lot of time to make them, believe it or not...

I used a 1" thick cedar deck board and cut 1/4" wide pieces from it. Then I cut the pieces at 7 1/2" long and used a jigsaw to cut the point on the end.  

Each piece was hand-stamped and then I used a very fine Sharpie marker to fill in the letters.

These are for sale as are all the things I make - set of 5 for $15