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My wife has a wall of storage cabinets in her classroom that is about 21 feet long with a space of about 3 feet to the ceiling.  Last year she left it empty, but this year she wanted to decorate it with large letters that spell the word explore.  She asked me at the beginning of the summer to make the letters for her, and I finished them just in time for the beginning of school.

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DIY Wood Letters

This is the space in my wife’s classroom

DIY Wood Letters

Here is the end result.   To make my DIY wood letters, I used 2×4 to make the letters and 1×3 furring strips as trim around the letters.

DIY Wood Letters

Supplies Needed:

  • 2x4x8 (One per 2 letters)
  • 1x3x8 (One per letter)
  • 2-1/2 in pocket hole screws (See Below)
  • 1 1/4 in brad nails

Tools Needed:

  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Kreg pocket hole Jig (See Below)
  • Air Compressor and Nail Gun

Plans:  

Step One:  Use pocket hole screws to attach 2×4 pieces to make the  letters (See illustrations below).

E:  DIY Wood Letters

DIY Wood Letters

X:

DIY Wood Letters

P:

DIY Wood Letters

This is how I cut the pieces for all curved letters (P,O, and R).

DIY Wood Letters

DIY Wood Letters

L:

DIY Wood Letters

O:

DIY Wood Letters

R:

DIY Wood Letters

E:  (See Above)

DIY Wood Letters

Step Two:  After I made the letters, I used the 1×3 furring strips as a trim for the letters and attached them to letters with 1-1/4 in brad nails.  Some of the letters were simple to trim with all the cuts being 45 degrees, others were a little more complicated.  

DIY Wood Letters

Here are some illustrations of the more complicated trim pieces:

DIY Wood Letters

This is how I cut the trim around all the curved letters (P, O, and R).

DIY Wood Letters

DIY Wood Letters

DIY Wood Letters

DIY Wood Letters

Step Three:  Sand and paint.  My wife chose black paint for the trim and blue and green paint for the inside of the letters.

DIY Wood Letters

DIY Wood Letters

DIY Wood LettersInstead of painting the X, my wife decoupaged the inside with scrap-book paper. 
DIY Wood Letters

My wife did not want the P on a stand underneath the letter so I built a support to make it stand upright.  It’s not pretty, but it works, and it isn’t very visible in the classroom.DIY Wood Letters

The letters are large and really fill in the empty space above the storage cabinets.  My wife is very happy and that makes me happy.

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  • Missy

    These are amazing!! When I was a classroom teacher, I commissioned my husband for many projects as well, so I know how much your wife must appreciate these!

  • Erik

    Thank you! My wife really loves them and I know she has more projects in store for me for her classroom.

  • Amber Williams

    Do you have any tips for other letters? I would love to
    be about to spell out the name “WILSON”

    • Erik

      I thought about preparing plans for the whole alphabet, but I haven’t had time to do it yet. I will work on getting some plans together for the letters you need. Give me a few weeks and I’ll get them to you.

  • Ronald J Lackage Sr

    Did you ever get a chance to finish off the alphabet for us less than able wood hackers ?

  • Ronald J Lackage Sr

    Thanks ! Now if I could just remember my wife’s name i’d make a sign for her to help line up her car in the garage !

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