This project was fun.
Believe it or not, it was actually ‘adrenaline pumping fun’.
Let me explain before you think I’m a total loser….
actually, when I do explain it will confirm that I’m a total loser. lol
I am clumsy.
I can walk around the house without tripping over my feet (most days), but when it comes to tools – I am a MESS.
Proof – clearly I can’t work a mandolin slicer.
I’ve fallen off a ladder a few times and have actually managed to skewer both palms with whatever it was I landed on. I’ve put a chisel halfway through my thumb and have just about sliced the top of my finger off using a hedge trimmer (hint: don’t hold the branch you’re trimming).
Most of my scars are from tools. (I think that’s why I love my sander so much – a power tool that hasn’t removed more than a millimetre of skin here and there).
SO, in order to make this project I had to use a saw.
Not just any saw; Hubby’s mitre saw.
A big, loud, ‘I could bleed to death if I screw up’ machine.
But Hubby wasn’t home to turn to, and I really wanted to make this project… so I did it….
I cut three pieces of wood at 18″ (46cm) long.
The adrenaline was pumping at this point and I still had 10 fingers, so I cut another 3.5 x 3.5″ (9 x 9cm) square.
THEN, I cut that square in half on a diagonal (to make the arrow end).
One very small chip of wood in the eye – wear protective glasses everyone – but no blood!
I screwed the triangle pieces down into the long plank of wood and then used a bit of wood filler to lessen the look of the gap between the pieces.
Next up – the post.
More scrap wood from the garage, and more mitre saw action.
You can see that I cut all the edges at a 45 degree angle – wrongly – which makes the base look awkward – but hey, it stands, so I’m happy.
Sand it all down;
Then add a couple of coats of black exterior paint. (Mine was paint and primer in one, so I didn’t need a separate coat of primer first. Check your brand before starting just in case you do need to do this extra step.)
I used vinyl decals again and put a light coat of black over top of them to stop any top-coat bleed-through.
Then on to the orange!
The black sign just has decals attached to it – I didn’t paint over it again.
Carefully peel off;
Then attach to your sign post with screws.
I love this!
There WILL be another post showing a Christmas one – it was too exciting (and easy) to not build more!
Next time – bigger, taller, bolder!
Daily Glam & Jockey P2P look of the day:
dark wash bootcut jeans, ribbed scoop neck in beige and zig zag scarf tied like a vest.
Have a great one!
|Between Naps on the Porch|