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Make a custom house number board

 

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Use a piece of laminated pine or offcut to make a custom house number board that you can decorate and embellish as you wish. You can buy laminated pine at your local Builders Warehouse, as well as all the materials and tools for this project.

 

YOU WILL NEED:

Piece of laminated pine - ours measures 400 x 600mm

Template for cutting shape

120-grit sandpaper

Woodoc gel stain and artists paintbrushes

2 keyhold brackets and screws

Rust-Oleum Polyurethane spray varnish

TOOLS:

Jigsaw and clean-cut blade

Optional: Dremel Trio and decorative bit

Dremel VersaTip

Tape measure and pencil

 

HERE'S HOW:

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1. Use a template or draw the shape for your sign freehand.

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2. Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape. Sand the cut edge with 120-grit sandpaper.

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3. To add decorative detail you can use a Dremel Trio or router, or just use a sander to round off the edge.

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4. Print out letters and numbers on a PC printer. Rub pencil over the back of the printed letters and numbers to transfer onto the board.

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5. Use Woodoc gel stain and assorted paintbrushes to fill in the letters and numbers.


GOOD TO KNOW

Woodoc gel stain doesn't bleed into the surrounding wood and allows you to draw precise letters and numbers.


 

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6. If you want to add more detail you can use a  Dremel VersaTip to apply a wood burning technique to the edges of the letters and numbers.


GOOD TO KNOW

When using a Dremel VersaFlame for woodburning, make sure the air hole in the tip face up - or away from the surface - to prevent scorching the wood.


 

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7. For protection from the elements you need to apply sealer or varnish. Rust-Oleum polyurethane satin spray varnish soaks into the wood and provides far more protection than varnish brushed on.

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8. When using laminated pine you need to support the board to prevent the sections from splitting apart, so screw on a couple of battens. Secure along the length of the batten with screws.

9. Mount keyhole brackets at the back for mounting onto the wall. Make sure they are equally spaced. 

10. Measure the distance from centre to centre of the battens, mine are 220mm apart.

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11. Transfer the distance between the hangers onto the wall using a spirit level and straight edge and then drill holes for wall plugs and screws. Approximately 5mm of the screw head needs to protrude in order to slip the keyhole hangers onto this for mounting. 

Janice Anderssen

 

 

 

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