So you want to learn how to build yourself a pallet wood sign that normally would cost you between $40-60 if you paid for it already made? Its easy to make and is a quick process to prepare for.
Tools and Materials
~ 4x Pallet wood any length
~ 1-3x pallet wood connector piece 1" wide
~ Wood prestain/stain or paint
~ 8-10x 1" Length widehead nails
~ Stencil & spray paint. (optional)
~ Drill/Impact driver (optional)
~ Nailing hammer
~ Rag/paper towel
Please take proper safety precautions, paint/stain outside or in well ventilated area. Leave it outside or in well ventilated area till dry. Wear particle mask, safety goggles, & gloves to protect yourself.
Step 1: Pattern
There's many patterns for you to choose from, just make this how you feel like it should look. I'll be building this to my feeling of how.
You can even make it more complex then what I'm showing! It's all up to your preference.
Step 2: Cutting and Predrilling
Cut as close as possible to the nails on your boards to remove them. Once you have the pieces cut properly dispose of the scrap ends and then apply your pattern.
You will want to grab your drill, and a drill bit close to equivalent of the nail.
Drill guide holes for the nails, this'll help prevent the nails from bending while you're hammering them into the wood.
Step 3: Hammer Them
Place the nails in the holes that you had drilled into the boards previously, line it up with the back boards so you don't miss them.
Nail them into place, if any of the end boards are loose, then add an extra nail beside it to make it a little less wobbly.
Step 4: Staining
Apply a coat of pre-stain with a brush, allow it to soak for 10-20 minutes or until dry.
Apply a layer of your preferred stain, allow it to soak in for 8-15 minutes before wiping it with a rag or paper towel to remove excess stain.
Do note that pallet wood tends to stain darker and faster than wood you buy in stores.
Step 5: Stenciling (optional)
Chose the Stencil you would like on your new sign base, mount your stencil, then apply the desired amount of coats of spray paint.
Though I will not be doing this.
I advise you to wear a painting mask, goggles, gloves; these will help to prevent the paint from entering your respiratory system; getting In your eyes or on your hands.
Step 6: Hanging Method (optional)
You can chose between using chain, wire, rope, jute, twine and much more choices. It all depends on your preference.
For this one I'm gonna use jute since its a cheap method of hanging, plus I will hang inside improving the time of the jute.
Inside and outside plays a key factor decide where you want it before choosing your hanging method.
Step 7: You Have Your Sign Now!
Congratulations you've completed the building process or you have read through my instructions... My condolences.
Nonetheless I congratulate you if you had built it; send me a picture, I'd love to see what creativity your mind had came up with while you were making this! I made two since its so simple.