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Project by grub32 posted 11-27-2010 12:14 AM 2392 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is for child #2…Its going to be a boy and his name will be John Thomas in case you were unable to figure out the letter scramble…Not really fine wood working but it really is the first time I have used my new bandsaw to cut curves. Mainly been using it for resawing.

Anyway, as you can tell he is going to be a Buckeyes fan like his daddy.

Saved a few bucks from buying these at Babies R Us. Now the question is how to hang on the wall without putting in a lot of nails…Any suggestions?? I was thinking about using some double sided tape, think it will work??

Other options would be to mount them to a board and frame em in…I am open to suggestions. I just don’t want to have to fill all kinds of nail holes in the future.

Thanks,

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!





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rhybeka

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 12:18 AM

O-H!

Awesome letters – another reason I need to convince the SO I need a bandsaw ;) What about picture ledges just as a thought? I ran across some plans for some real simple ones – just used 1×4 for the back and bottom, and 1×2 for the front…

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 12:53 AM

I-O

beat Michigan

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 01:36 AM

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#4 posted 11-27-2010 03:08 AM

It’s almost the exact same repair whether you use tape or nails. I think you’ll do less damage using small nails and a keyhole router bit on the back of the letters, plus they’ll stay put. It’s what I use, anyway…

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 09:15 AM

How about stretching a wire across the room and using screw eyes on the letters?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Paul

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 06:19 PM

3M Makes a product called ‘Command Adhesive’ that will hold these to the wall and when you pull a tab they will remove cleanly. Available at a lot of hardware and craft stores.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 12:47 AM

I think the tape would be the way to go. Just draw some light layout lines or use painters tape to keep letters level. Are the letters your design or can you get them some where. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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grub32

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 04:06 AM

We are going with the 3m sticky tape tomorrow…i will post end photo when done.

As for the letters…I used a font from MS Word and just blew it up to 730 point font and printed them out in black…I added some wider lines to make them more stable. I then glued them to a sheet of mdf with spray adhesive and cut them out on the bandsaw….the rest is history.

I don’t remember the font that I used but could look it up if anyone is interested.

Thanks for all the help,

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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lightweightladylefty

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 05:56 AM

Grub,

The letters look great. Just a caution: if you’re placing them on a wall over the crib, be extra certain that they will not fall. Tape sometimes dries out and OOPS! down she goes. The best prevention is to hang it on an adjacent wall. (Just last week a picture that I had hanging on a wall on a nail for more than 15 years, just decided to fall.)

Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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grub32

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#10 posted 11-28-2010 06:32 PM

Thanks for the info LW….that was the idea…we never hang anything over the crib or the bed just in case…if this little guy is anything like was as a baby, the crib will screw tightening once a week.

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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grub32

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#11 posted 11-28-2010 10:33 PM

Pictures added to show how the room looks with the name up and the new sports bedding came in so my wife put it up and we are ready for the baby to come!!

This other picture is the crib that I made a few years ago for baby #1 and is now ready for baby 2.

Thanks for all the help,

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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lightweightladylefty

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#12 posted 11-29-2010 06:35 AM

Grub,

That’s a nice crib, too. Thanks for adding the photos.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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