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Friday, November 8, 2013

A Barn Board K


Living on an old homestead has it's rewards.  I can usually walk outside and find craft items from the previous tenants. 

 Today I found a barn!!!!
 and this is what I did with it. 

But first I must tell you where I got my inspiration.  I was cruising Pinterest and found this amazing blog whose letter of the day was W
You can see her fantastic W
But what would I do with a W?
I could change my name to Wanda, or marry a Wonka, I do love me some chocolate,
 or I could just make a K.

I started my project by gluing and using my brad nailer, to fasten old barn boards onto a 1/4 inch piece of hardboard.  I probably should have used plywood but I didn't have any 1/4 or 1/2 inch.

Clamps and 2x6s held the boards in place until the glue dried.


I quickly sanded it down to make it sliver free and also to erase my attempt at a freehand K.

Made a proper template for the letter K.  

Special tools were used to create the letter K.  

A template  was created using duct tape and paper....very scientific!



Cut the boards with a jigsaw.



I recycled a few pieces of fence board for  K's border.   I ripped it into 2" strips.

Now for the tedious outline.

I used my mitre saw for all the angled cuts to frame the letter.

Second last piece.  

Oops!  That's not pretty.  I removed the molding and straightened out the barn-board for a better fit.

All done....well almost

I decided to paint the recycled fence board as the pieces were different colors due to having a previous lives as shelves and other projects.
 DON'T WORRY........no painters tape was harmed in this step.
I guess I should have spent a bit of time masking so I could have harmed some :( 

Look at K.  She's such a poser!

This kind of makes me miss summer now.  


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23 comments:

  1. You always impress me with your crafts. It turned out really beautiful! It is my dream to have a farm house some day where I can make such lovely things to display like this. Amazing job Karen!

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  2. You had me right up til I estimated how many mistakes I'd make using a mitre saw on the molding where the deep "V" on the K was involved. On the other hand, that's what lots and lots of caulking is for. (lots, and lots) I think it's GORGEOUS.

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  3. Oh that is just fabulous! Glad you didn't change your name to Wanda...although I might start calling you that! I'm going to take a walk on my property and see if I have somehow overlooked and abandoned barn. I will also be looking for a curved trowel as I'll be making a D. Icelandic paper?? Crack me up! Your prowess with powertools just slays me girl! The white trim just makes it all pop. Way to go!

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  4. It's amazing! And your post is funny as always. I wonder how it would look with an M...

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  5. Love the "K." She turned out perfectly lovely!

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  6. Karen this is lovely! Great how-to I may just have to try a letter myself!

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  7. Très joli post! Interesting post ! marvellous shot !
    Merci de ta visite et de tes gentils commentaires sur mes pages, Merci, bonne journée!
    Cath.

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  8. Wow! Love that. So trendy. You know I always love the warmth of the good old barn wood.
    Have a great day,
    Deb

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  9. Oh now I need to find me an old delapidated barn. They're all new around here. Dang! This is so awesome Karen. Love it!

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  10. Karen that is so cool, you're K is perfect I'm glad you decided against calling yourself Wanda.

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  11. Oh I love this! Thinking I could make an H out of a K....if I had any skills with saws and wood and paint....sooo jealous. I want this in my yard.

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  12. I love repurposing other people garbage. I find it has a wonderful uniqueness to it.

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  13. WOW.
    WOW
    WOW
    That's fabulous Karen!!!
    XOXO

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  14. Awesome! You are so creative! This looks great!

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  15. I love this!!! I also love your special tools. :) Makes me wish I had an old barn somewhere. It would be challenging to make an S or a B though. Maybe I need to change my name to Wanda too. Or Karen!

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  17. Are you a fish called Wanda or a turtle called Wanda?? I love this!!!

    -andi

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  18. Very nice post! Thanks & Welcome for your comment and your visit to my blog.
    Have a nice day! Cath

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  19. I was just over on Looksi and this happened to catch my eye....speKtaKular ;)

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  20. Oh my goodness, I love this project Now to see if I can talk the hubby into helping me make one. It is perfect! And mine would be an H which would be easier...I think! Have a fabulous Friday!

    Blessings, Vicky

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Cheers to great words!