After I posted the wood letters I made for my wife’s classroom, I had a lot of requests for plans for other letters. I decided to made plans for all the letters, and they have become some of my most popular posts. However, since I posted the letter plans, I have had several requests for other symbols. The request I get most often is for the ampersand (&). I have emailed the plans to some who have asked, but I decided it was time to share the plans on my blog.
- 1/2×3 (Just a small piece is needed for trim. I would cut it from the leftover 2×4)
- 2-1/2 in pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4 in brad nails
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Air Compressor and Nail Gun
Use pocket hole screws to attach 2×4 pieces to make the ampersand. Refer to the illustration below to see how to cut the pieces.
Use 1×3 furring strips to make the trim for the letters. Then attach the trim with 1-1/4 in brad nails. See illustrations below for tips on how to cut trim.
Important note: For the inside of the top triangle you will need to use ½ in wood, instead of 1×3 furring strip in order to make it fit. Also, both the top and the bottom triangle trim pieces will have to be glued instead of nailed due to the tight fit.
A word of warning, making the ampersand is a little tricky. If you are a novice, you may not want to attempt it. The trim is especially challenging, but I think the end product is worth the effort.