Introduction: DIY Pallet Wood Arrow Art

My wife and I saw some of these rustic arrow art pieces at different stores recently. We liked the look, but they were a bit pricey. So, I decided to make one. Watch the video to see how I made it and visit the written article on my website for even more details and projects at www.bruceaulrich.com/blog/diy-pallet-wood-art

Step 1: BACKGROUND

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We are not typically huge into trends, but we do like some of the arrows and rustic things that people have been adding as decor. There was a spot on the wall in my youngest son's room below two pallet wood floating shelves that I made that would be perfect for something like this.

This simple project can be made from a single board, a hand saw, a hammer and a few nails. I chose to use a bandsaw and a finish nail gun, because I have them and it sped up the process a bit.

Step 2: TOOLS & MATERIALS

This is a simple project and can be done with just a hand saw, hammer and nails. I chose to use a few different tools since I had them though:

Miter Saw - http://amzn.to/2ynOXJv

Bandsaw - http://amzn.to/2zmwE5G

Nail gun - http://amzn.to/2xUlRTb

Wood glue - http://amzn.to/2xUlRTb

Step 3: LAYOUT

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Find the pallet wood board that you want to use. If you want the head of the arrow to be a bit wider, start with a wider board. The one I used was about 4.5" wide, and about 40" long.

Start by laying out the head of your arrow. Many of the other dimensions will come from this, since it will need to have a certain look for everything to look like it belongs. Since my board was pretty much straight, I just used a speed square to mark a 45 degree line. This would be the arrow head.

Step 4: DIMENSIONS

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Then, I marked out the body of the arrow and each of the "feathers" that would go on the very back of the finished arrow. I based the size of these pieces off of the arrow head. I wanted ti to have certain proportions and this allowed me to look at it as I went.

Step 5: Marking Straight Lines Without Tools

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If you want to mark a pretty straight line without a ruler or any other kind of measurement, it is pretty easy. I learned this trick from Jon Peters. (He has a fantastic YouTube channel, so definitely go check that out.) You hold your pencil and then take one of your fingers and reference off of the side of the board. Then, you just constantly make sure that your finger is referenced against the side of the board, and as long as you don't move your hand or change your grip. the line will be very straight and consistent. I use this WAY more than I ever thought I would.

Step 6: CUT OUT PIECES

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I took the piece over to the bandsaw and cut out all of the pieces. The good thing about this project being rustic is that if you go off of your line a little bit, no biggie. You don't want to be way off, but a little bit really won't matter.

Step 7: FEATHERS

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The feathers needed to have some 45 degree angles cut in both sides so they would have a taper, so I marked those and cut them out on the bandsaw as well.

Step 8: PAINT

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Before attaching everything, I added one more touch. I found some light gray paint that I had leftover from another project and painted on the feather pieces and the arrow head. I like the effect this gave.

Step 9: EASE EDGES

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I used a file to ease the edges. You can use sandpaper or even a roundover bit, but I thought that was overkill for this project. The file worked just file. If you will just run it diagonally along the edge of your work piece, it works quite well.

Step 10: ATTACH PIECES

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Then, I attached everything using a finish nail gun and some wood glue.

Step 11: HANGING HARDWARE

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All that was left was to attach some way for this to hang on the wall. I just used a basic picture framing loop, since we wanted the arrow to point straight up. I added a nail in the wall, and it was done.

Step 12: HANG ON WALL

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All that was left was to attach some way for this to hang on the wall. I just used a basic picture framing loop, since we wanted the arrow to point straight up. I added a nail in the wall, and it was done.

Step 13: CONCLUSION

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I really like how this turned out. If I had it to do over again, i would NOT offset the feather pieces like I did on this one. I thought it would look good and I just don't like how it looked when I was done. It's fine though...this one still turned out good and my wife likes it. I just wanted to point out that little detail in case you were going to build one for yourself.

Thanks for checking out the project! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

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