I recently got excited after watching one of my subscriber’s videos (The Naked Carpenter) about how he created this really cool personalised sign for a friend’s wedding.
He made it look so easy so I gave it a shot. Printed a font on A4 paper, spray glued it to 9mm OSB chipboard…. Stop.
Plus my sign was probably too small as it got really tricky to jigsaw inside the letters without the right table and clamps.
But I really wanted to make a coat rack that was in our newly decorated hall and in a place where you can’t see a messy pile of coats as soon as you walk in.
(SORRY, I’M PAP AT DRAWING ON A COMPUTER)
The idea that I’m aiming for is this:
- Cut the font out, discarding the background of the font (but I’m open to other suggestions)
- Paint in Denim Drift by Dulux to compliment one of the walls in my hall, or slate grey.
- Fix to our contrasting painted wall or attach to an interesting 1 metre long (from top to bottom) wooden panel – The Naked Carpenter stylishly used palette wood.
- Attach 4 vintage black coat hooks.
I thought this idea was extremely simple, but my Dad (who’s been a carpenter for almost 50 years) insists that a scroll saw wouldn’t work as my sign is too big.
But while filming for my YouTube channel, I was forced to stop as it OSB chipboard was far too weak and broke.
You live, you learn. But once I’ve managed to make a font (vinyl stickers aren’t my thing), I can continue the coat rack making and filming as usual.
THE FINISHED PROJECT
After a bit of head scratching, I was later given an old router from my Dad which helped me change direction.
I ended up laminating a printed font, cut it out and sketched it against an old pine shelf. Then once I’d dabbled with the router to carve it out, I chose an old faithful path of dark waxing the text.
Dusting down my Annie Sloan dark wax for me really is like reaching for a pair of old slippers. Don’t be afraid; it’s just so easy. It’s daunting if you’ve never tried it before, so just have a play with some dinted old wood you don’t care about. Another idea would be to spray paint the font in a dark colour and sand the top surface off.