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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This is the space in my wife’s classroom
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.
- 2x4x8 (One per 2 letters)
- 1x3x8 (One per letter)
- 2-1/2 in pocket hole screws (See Below)
- 1 1/4 in brad nails
- Compound Miter Saw
- Kreg pocket hole Jig (See Below)
- Air Compressor and Nail Gun
Step One: Use pocket hole screws to attach 2×4 pieces to make the letters (See illustrations below).
E: (See Above)
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.
Here are some illustrations of the more complicated trim pieces:
Step Three: Sand and paint. My wife chose black paint for the trim and blue and green paint for the inside of the 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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