A welcome sign

A welcome sign

Our house has four different entrances, which is confusing for all of our visitors. And the one that people feel most inclined to use actually enters into a BATHROOM. Needless to say, that can be pretty awkward.

This is definitely the front of the house. But our driveway's all the way on the other side, so no one uses this one.

This is definitely the front of the house. But our driveway’s all the way on the other side, so no one uses this one.

I decided to make a welcome sign to direct people to a different entrance. Plus, I’ve been wanting to get into woodworking and it was a nice excuse to get started. I found a slab of wood in a stack behind our shed and Josh taught me how to cut it with one of his saws. Check out this video. It was so exhilarating!

Be very very careful with this machine.

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I traced the letters with pencil and carved them out with an exacto knife. It is very fun peeling back the wood.

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I painted in the letters and decided to add a little flower design in each corner. I carved that out and painted that, too.

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But I also needed to weather treat it since it was going to be outside.

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Of course, Josh has some Thompson’s Water Seal lying around so I put a coat of that on there. I was careful to paint over the letters with a fine brush in case it made the colors run. Josh says I’ll need to weather treat it again every year.

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More fun tool time!

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Josh taught me how to use his drill press to drill holes in each corner to hang the sign up. He has SO many tools and they were all so foreign to me before, so it’s really fun to learn to use them.

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I learned how to tie a sailing bowline knot to secure the rope on there. Now everyone will know which entrance to use. Signs like this would also make nice Christmas gifts. You can write whatever you want on there and hang it inside, too. My sister wants one that says, “Today is a beautiful day.” I guess you know what I’ll be working on next…