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Picture of Inspirational Wall Hanging
This idea stemmed from something I found in an industrial design catalog.  It wasn't the furniture for sale that caught my eye, but rather the wall treatment in the background.  They had used rough hewn lumber mounted over a concrete wall.  Since I didn't want to redo the entire wall in my rental, I felt something more mobile would be appropriate.
 
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Step 1: Lumber

Picture of Lumber
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For the trusty, reliable (and free) reclaimed lumber I nabbed a pallet headed for the garbage.  Make sure to remove all the nails.  I tend to get immersed in my work, so I forgot to take additional photos, but I used a table saw to cut pieces to a consistent size and a planar to smooth things out.  For this particular project, an orbital sander should work fine.

Step 2: Steel Frame

Since I had scrap left over from a previous project, I used 3/4" cold rolled steel for a frame.  This was roughly 20" x 50".  When marking the hole to drill I took into account the width of the board as well as the gap between to make sure I had the center all down the length.  MIG weld the corners and grind smooth so that everything lays flat (doesn't need to be pretty since it will be hidden).  Proper work holding is important!  Even with multiple precautions, the boards still started to drift towards the end and I needed to go back and touch up some.
Mr. Noack1 year ago
Well done! This looks amazing!! I find that the stamp filter in photoshops produces a nice stencil.

Thanks for that tip Mr. Noack. That gives a great starting point to work from.

siepel953 months ago

made it!

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nos4atus3 months ago

Very cool. Thanks for the great idea. Keep it up.

Big387 months ago
Would you be able to share what is the overall size? looks terrific!
techshop_android (author)  Big387 months ago
I don't recall the exact numbers, but it was something irregular due to the reclaimed lumber I found. Roughly 18-22" wide and ~60" tall (or 50 x 120cm). The nice part is this can change with whatever material you have available.
You could probably sell these for like $200-$300 a piece and make some money.
techshop_android (author)  WifiWLanMan1 year ago
Interesting... anything in particular you might like? It would be easy enough to customize.
How much for a John Wayne one?
Tav0010 months ago
looks really good. Ive decided to give this a go ive got a pallet and have cut the pieces down to size and sanded them down, but instead of using a frame to hold it together im threading a piece of rope through each piece so i can hang it on my door. Can you help me as i don't make things very often, do you have to prep the wood after sanding before i spray my stencil on? Thank You.
techshop_android (author)  Tav0010 months ago
Sanding should be enough before the stencil. The important part with the stencil is a good seal, so if you are using vinyl or some kind of tape for the masking polyurethane can help. Otherwise if you are cutting a stencil out of a hardboard, the more rigid the better and find weights to help hold it down. You can brush on latex paint if the surface is smooth enough, otherwise aerosol for porous. Either way go light with the paint and do multiple layers.

Most important of all: if you are new at something, practice! You will always learn something with a trial run, it takes some of the pressure away, and your final piece will turn out better. Have fun.
anneangersbach12 months ago
Great stuff. I would've thought to join the pallet wood with wood bars for roof batten (had to look it up, not sure if I'm using the word correctly). Much lighter and probably cheaper than the metal - and most likely easier to work with, too.
On a smaller scale this could make great presents, too.
Since I don’t have a welder, I wouldn't have used metal either, but here is one thing to consider when doing all wood construction for something like this.
Wood isn't dimensionally stable. As the seasons change and the humidity changes, wood grows and shrinks. Not always in a predictable manner, either. Since this image goes across different boards that are of unknown origin, they will most likely move at different rates and that could make the design appear odd at certain times. Metal is stable so it will mitigate that to a large degree. If the backing were furring strips, for instance (that's what I'd have used) the face AND the backing can warp now, and twist, and do all sorts of exciting things, and it's likely the overall quality of the piece would degrade over time. This dimensional instability is why raised panel cabinet doors use a floating panel instead of one glued into the frame, over time the wood would split if it couldn't move around in there.
However, with wood you can use free materials to complete the work, and that is appealing. I’m gonna try this concept soon, and thanks for the great instructable!

PS- engineered wood, like MDF and plywood and hardboard, ARE dimensionally stable. It's just the real deal from a tree that dances around like I am describing. And the movement is far greater across the grain than along it. Sealing it entirely can mitigate it, but it's still gonna dance.
techshop_android (author)  anneangersbach12 months ago
The key here is to go with what is available! Steel can actually be rather light (I used 16 gauge), cheap (purchased from a warehouse), and easy to work with.... IF you have the right tools (that's the trick). A wood frame works great for this project, but if you want to learn how to weld find a way! It's really fun and rewarding.
CementTruck11 months ago
I really, REALLY like this 'ible!
Question: when your coworker suggested spraying the vinyl before painting, when would you do that step? Before or after cutting? That's the only thing that stumped me. I'm thinking it would hinder painting if you applied it AFTER laying the vinyl down on the wood.
techshop_android (author)  thebeatonpath12 months ago
Put the vinyl stencil down, then spray aerosol polyurethane and let dry before painting. The idea is to get a better seal around the edges of the stencil to prevent the paint from bleeding under. I thought this was strange too when I first heard the idea, but the polyurethane is clear and it will be completely painted over so it shouldn't be visible.
Now I get it! Off to buy a can!
wobbler12 months ago
Nice! Looks really good and I actually like the idea of the words not being printed pristinely, as though they were really originally stencilled there. I'll store this in my mental "things to do" list. Only change I'll make will be in using 2"x1" battens instead of the metal work back.
raviolikid1 year ago
Nice job! I wouldn't mind having this in my house.
WOW, just WOW! This is truly a work of art and I have a pallet already. Love your choice of Einstein. He has so many great quotes to choose from.
devangs31 year ago
This is like a true homage to modern art :)
ezramatics1 year ago
That was really amazing. I am looking forward to trying this when i get my house setup. Thanks for the motivation, keep up the great work!
fatboy071 year ago
I really want this project, very nice!!! two thumbs up!
VERY NICE !! I love the pix of Big Al, any chance of you adding a copy here ? I'd just like to print it out in b/w on gloss paper.
Here you go. The file I have is an odd size, so you might need to make some adjustments.
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THANKS !! This will look great in my office ...
SuzukiDHP1 year ago
Looks phenomenal friend! Great job! It's amazing how something so simple can look this good
nemo131 year ago
well done! works good also with photo/image transfer (using gel medium).
mlmccauley1 year ago
Very nice piece of work!