One day when we were out and about for appointments, I saw this sign. Free pallets. Stop! I couldn’t believe my luck, that I saw the sigh and we were in the truck! Now what to do with all that lovely wood? Pallet projects flooded my mind…you know how that is!
Here’s my first project, a pallet wood sign, but first prep the pallet safely!
We began with the pallet leaning against saw horses and a quick lesson on using the sawsall, to cut through the nails because removing them is almost impossible.
We wore gloves, safety glasses and masks. Bill made the first cut as an example of how to do it correctly.
His cut was so perfect because he’s, “an efficient machine.” He gloated. get over yourself already
No spiders were harmed in the making of this project.
My first time using the sawzall was not as perfect as his, but I got better with more practice. Pallet wood is pretty rough, so I sanded both sides then screwed them together using pieces from the bottom of the pallet.
Because the screws were just a little too long and poked through the front, I covered them with duct tape to protect the wall and added wire for hanging. I duct tape.
Next, the lettering. I had no idea how I was going to do this, since I had a previous lettering project fail. After a little searching, I decided to print out the letters and rub a pencil over the back of each letter and then trace them onto the wood. This method is supposed to transfer the graphite from the pencil onto the wood. I should have printed out just the outline of each letter instead of using so much printer ink.
That didn’t work because the graphite was the same color of the wood. What worked was pressing the shape of the letters into the wood with a pen, like etching. I used a sharpie to fill in the letters.
After coloring in the letters, I decided to sand it a little more to make the letters a little less dark.
Here’s the finished sign.
I still have a bunch of pallets left, what would you make? I think I’m going to attempt some crates for magazines, pillows and stuff and I’d love to make a coffee table for the patio.
For more pallet ideas check out my Pinterest pallet board.
Added to Best DIY projects at Beneath My Heart