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Project by Shawn posted 07-25-2014 02:25 PM 673 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all, I can’t take full credit for this project, but I wanted to share it because it turned out so awesome. Our youth pastor, his wife (and her mom) and I made these 3D letters that spell HOPE for our church stage during a sermon series titled “Project HOPE”. Here’s a link to see it on stage in action… http://www.mtvchurch.com/media.php?pageID=5 (it’s the one titled “Project Hope” on 4/20/14). The main structure of the letters are made from sheet lumber cut out to the shape of each letter and painted black (to prevent seeing the raw plywood on the finished product). We stacked two sheets and cut once and connected the two pieces with 18”(I think) 2×4’s at the corners and at the weak points to give a 3D effect (kinda like block letters). Once we had each of the letter’s main structural base constructed we then faced them with pallet wood. The pallet wood went on in different patterns then cut with a saws all to the shape of the plywood underneath. Next step was to drill holes for our light sockets placed in each letter, install the sockets and wire it all up within the framing. Once the wiring was completed we then wrapped all the edges with pallet wood (closed up the cavity) and these pieces over hung the face of the letters to give the installed light bulbs something to bounce off of (unfortunately I don’t have a close up picture of this). You can see the finished product closer in the video link. The letters were placed on stage at our church and plugged in through a dimmer switch. It was a lot of fun to make, but very time consuming.

-- -Shawn





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#1 posted 07-25-2014 07:48 PM

My wife’s name is Hope. What do you plan to do with these after the sermon series ends? :-)

-Paul

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 09:14 PM

Paul:

We are hanging them from the ceiling in our fellowship center (very tall ceilings). Each letter stands 6’ tall and about 3’-4’ wide. The whole word is massive. If we ever get rid of them I’ll refer back to this post and look you up. :)

-- -Shawn

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 05:37 PM

I was just joking man.

If you hang them from the ceiling, make sure you get somebody with at least construction experience to verify that this is done safely. A church nearby hear had a child seriously injured and disabled for life by a gym divider (built by volunteers) that fell. A few years later, the same gym roof collapsed – I speculate caused in part by that heavy divider being hung on the trusses that were not designed for that weight.

-Paul

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 12:53 PM

Yeah, I figured you were, but I thought I would play along. Thanks for the tips on hanging them. As of yet we haven’t done anything since taking them off stage.

-- -Shawn

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