DIY Pallet Sign
To make the space a little bit more personalized, I needed to create a fun and quick sign for the new garage workbench area. As I went on a hunt in the very full woodshop, I found a couple pieces of pallet wood, luckily roughly the same length, making the project even easier! I am extremely lucky that Dan had already deconstructed the pallet for me and took out all of the rusty nails. Thank you honey!!
Because of the many dry times, it took me about one day to complete, but only took me about 45 minutes of actual "working" time.
Step One: Lay out the Pallets
Here are the three pieces that I ended up using. Each piece had its own character, which made them perfect for this DIY project. You can always choose to make the sign larger by just adding another piece of pallet wood to the top or bottom!
Step Two: Sanding
Due to pallet wood being naturally rough, I lightly sanded each piece with 220 grit sandpaper. I didn't want to sand them too much, which would have taken away a majority of the milling marks and rusty nail marks. REA Tip: Sand with the grain of the pallet wood, the character and stain will come out really nicely if you do it this way!
Step Three: Cutting the Cross-Braces
Now that I have all of my pallet wood pieces sanded and dusted off, it is time to construct the sign! I found these 1" by 2" strips of wood that were from a previous project. I cut them down to size using a miter saw, measuring about 3 inches shorted then the pallet wood itself.
Step Four: Glue
After I had these cross pieces cut, I used Wood Glue to adhere them to the back side of the pallet wood, clamping them into place. I allowed them to dry for about 5 hours.
Step Five: Stain
After the glue had dried, I stained the pallets with Special Walnut 224, by Minwax. This color stain was the same stain that I used for the countertop on the workbench, fingers crossed that everything will match. The grain and character really stands out on the pallet wood. I wiped on the stain with an old piece of cloth (like a t-shirt) and then wiped off the excess stain with a clean piece of cloth (from the same t-shirt). REA Tip: Start staining on the back side of a project or on a scrape piece of wood, therefore you can make sure that you like that particular color of stain.
Step Six: Create the Sign!
After the stain had dried, I was finally able to write on the front part of the sign. So, I got out my stencils, paint, brushed, and went to town!
I hope you have some fun creating your own Pallet Signs!
This project didn't really cost anything, due to the materials already being at the house. I always love being able to recycle pieces from previous projects.