|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 350 days ago||738 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
Gifts for grandkids are always a puzzle, and since every child usually likes their own name, this Christmas my grandchildren all get personalized name boards for their bedroom doors or desks besides fun toys. While making these, I did a few for some neighbor kids too – it is always good to be on friendly terms with ones neighbors, and the little guys are fun. (After four years, I’ve finally figured out what retirement is really for!)
Four of the ten name boards made
The names were printed out in a chosen font and size with the computer, and the letters then glued to the letter stock, in this case, 5mm x 5 ply leftover Okoume plywood. A suitable length of 3/4” 1×6 white pine was split down the middle edgewise (resawn) and each resulting piece planed back to a bit under 1/4” for the backing.
Cut out letters with backing board they will attach to
(A hint on glue for paper patterns – using 1 part white “school glue” thinned with 2 parts water, the glue can easily be painted on with with a small brush; the paper will hold fine for scroll-sawing and then peel right away from the stock afterwards leaving very little residue to be sanded off.)
Some name boards were made by simply glueing the letters on, and then doing the finish work, but a much nicer job is by finishing the backing and the letters separately. Unfortunately those took more time since I did not trust glue to hold over the finish. In this case, countersunk #6×3/8” flat head wood screws were used for the letters, at least two per, reinforced by thin yellow glue in parts too narrow for screws.
At one end of each board I painted a little something suitable for each child’s interests, then clear coated over that. I am pleased with the results, and hope my ‘art work’ will not be judged too harshly by the recipients – ten in all so far!
-- ''Woodworking has always been the best therapy for me!''