Remember the original Real Housewives of Orange County?
The one that started it all.
Remember Laurie and Jo and Jeana and Kimberly and of course….Vicki.
The show was fascinating and glamorous and they wore evening gowns to go shopping and diamond tiaras for lunch and ate at restaurants that looked like art galleries…..
…..and had shoe closets bigger than my living room.
Television at it’s finest.
And even though I wore sweatpants to go shopping and a black rubber band for lunch and adore Cracker Barrel and put my shoes in a big jumbled pile in the middle of my closet….
….I never missed an episode.
And just when your Monday nights were full of tales from the OC and you thought lives of the rich and famous couldn’t get any better.
……they introduced The Real Housewives of New York.
Same song second verse.
Except only better.
And the entire point of this exciting and glamour-filled analogy? Pallet letters are a lot like those real housewives.
Last year I posted the original pallet wood letter project.
Now meet the second verse. 🙂
(total aside: you knew that I would bring it back around somehow.)
How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter
(written by the second most amazing carpenter I know)
Note: Most letters measure around 9″ Tall , 7″ wide and 3.5″ deep.
Step 1: Harvest the wood from a pallet or other reclaimed lumber. To make this letter use the 2 x 4 ribs that support the thinner boards. You can also use new 2×4’s and stain them if you don’t have pallet wood. Depending on the letter you will need at least 3-4 feet of 2 x 4 board.
Step 2: Cut the wood to fit the letter. This letter is 9 inches tall, and 6 inches wide.
Step 3: Assemble the letter, using nails and wood glue. I used 2 inch 18 gauge nails, and glue at the joints.
Step 4: Sand down the edges and any burrs formed from cutting the rough wood.
Step 5: Attach rusty braces on the corners for decoration and to add extra support.
PS I think the second verse is totally worth singing. 🙂
PPS If your eyes started crossing at “harvest the wood from the pallet”….you can always order your own from my brother’s shop to help support his adoption.
They are only $20/letter.
Happy early Christmas and click here to order. 🙂
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