Rustic Home Decor; DIY Farmhouse Sign – MINIMAL TOOLS REQUIRED

Rustic Home Decor; DIY Farmhouse Sign – MINIMAL TOOLS REQUIRED


Hey everybody this is growitbuildit.com
and I’m going to show you how to build these diy farmhouse decor style stain board signs. (rustic home decor)
My wife was looking at buying one of these on some Etsy page and they
wanted like $100 for it. My jaw dropped. I’m like wow I have probably
less than $25 even if you don’t count stain I probably have less than $10 in
material. But what I figured I would do is I’d show you how to do this using
very cheap hand tools. that I’m showing you there. A lot of people when they
build stuff on YouTube…They run straight to the miter saw, to the
thickness planer, to the brad nailer. All those tools add up and cost. And I’m
going to show you how to do this for next to nothing. Just cheap hand tools
and some sweat equity. I mean I definitely have less than $50 to tools
there that you’re seeing. But you really just need a miter box and back saw, a
hammer and nails. Some sandpaper and stain, and a foam paint brush. (For lumber) you need a
1 x 2 for the frame 1×3 for the narrow slats and 1×4 for the wide
slats. So if you’re just gonna build one of these signs you really just need one
8 foot board of each, which the big-box stores will cut in half for you ….which
you need if you drive a Honda Civic with child seats like I do.
But anyways sand your boards down to get the rough finish off you can probably
just get away with like 80 grit or something. Do it in a well-ventilated
area. As you can see my garage doors are open. And you know for staining it’s just
wipe on wipe off – not too complicated. Just take care to dispose of your rags
or paper towels in a good way because they can self ignite if you don’t follow
the instructions on the can. but stain all your boards… I think I use six
different types of stain. And actually if you head over to our website at growitbuildit.com you can see our detailed articles that list out everything we
used and how much each of them cost. I wanted to do this using hand tools
because a lot of times people can get – I mean they can get intimidated if they
see someone using a big table saw or $400 miter saw or something crazy.
You really only need this $10 miter box and handsaw to you know build this thing.
And hammer and nails and you know some patience. But here are like in a miter
box like this you can actually screw it directly to your workbench or another
board and clamp that whatever you need. For me, since this is all light stuff I’m
just gonna hold it down with my hands. Now I did block one board there so I
used that as a gauge to keep everything the same Length, and put some pencil
lines to put my miter box in the right spot. But I’m just going through here
cutting. A little tip when you are cutting you shouldn’t feel any binding
at all. It should be a smooth action, as you should let the saw teeth do the work. You
don’t need to push down. If you start feeling force it means that your wood
has moved and your binding or you might be cutting into your body box. Which I’m
ashamed to say I did do a couple times but that’s okay
miter box is fine and so are the boards. Anyways though you really just need to
go through and cut all this stuff and try to hold everything as steady as you
can. If you do have some pieces that are a little short or a little long you can
take your sandpaper and just you know maybe take them down a little bit to
make them fit right. I think I said I used six
cans of stain on this and you know it it’ll take you a little bit of time. But
I mean I still couldn’t believe that people were selling these things for
$100. Now I know people’s time is it free but well… makes me think maybe I should
get into that game. But anyways I’m gonna be giving a couple of these signs away to
friends I think. So I ended up gluing mine a little bit but you really don’t
need to do that I’ve built a couple of these things with a
similar design before and I just used nails. I didn’t use any glue at all
really except when I did miter stuff I did put a little glue on the miter spots
just to make sure there was nothing showing but but anyways when you go to
do your mitre corners. Just take care that you’re getting the length right and
be very careful try not to taper your cut at all. If you do it’ll probably be
okay but I go into the detail on this over at growitbuildit.com But then you know I
kind of play around with my fit up on how it’s going to be. If you buy in cheap
construction lumber, which I most certainly did, your boards are going to
be bowed a little bit, they’re cupped a little bit, arced a little bit, and so you
may have to you know get a little customized on your frame pieces. Your 1×2 @ 45 degree cuts. But it’s not a big deal and you know you’re just trying to
make this thing kind of fall together on its own. But anyways it’s a good little
project and if you’ve never done stuff like this before or just thinking about
it this is a good starter project. Because it’s cheap investment it’ll give
you some experience which is the best teacher of all. But after you’ve played
around with everything and done a little rough fit-up, make sure it looks good. It’s
time to move on more to the final assembly. Here I’m just using a couple of
my clamps just to make sure I’m happy with it, but basically I just had plywood
laid across a couple of sawhorses and I put a straight backer on there just so I
could have something firm to push up against. Now I am gluing my stuff you
don’t need to do this. You know these boards are just gonna be
hanging on a wall they’re not subjected to force, they’re not jostled around. And as
I said I have a couple of these that have been hanging in my house for one or
two years. They’re perfectly fine with no glue – just nails. But once you’re
satisfied with your fit up, I do glue it up with some leftover wood glue
I had from a table I’d made. And one tip with this is you want to make sure that
when you glue stuff sometimes the glue might squeeze out a bit. And since this
isn’t a load-bearing item so to speak. It’s just hanging on a wall I just put
the glue on the very bottom end of the wood grain like you can see right there.
So if it does squeeze out it’s gonna squeeze out the back and nobody can see
that. Half of woodworking is just making sure that no one can see your mistakes
quote-unquote. At least I’ve heard people say that. But anyways I just applied this,
not too much just enough to kind of give it a little bit of …..keep it a little firm.
And anyways I’ll clamp it up and let it dry overnight and then I’m just gonna….
and actually while it’s clamped up and still wet I actually tack in nails at
the bottom edge of the frame and then I’ll let it sit for 12 hours or so. And (then)
I’ll flip it around and put nails in the other end. But you know this is a good
starter project for somebody. It looks kind of nice & I’m pleased with the
results. I’m you know if you’re finding this information useful or like
our article we have over there at our website you know give us a like or
subscribe if you want to see more stuff like this. It helps us out quite a bit. But anyways this is after it’s been clamped, but all you got to do is tack
nails in. They’re finish nails & they’re small. You’re just doing little taps. If
you own a brad nailer go ahead and use it by all means. But if you don’t you
just need a $5 hammer and $1.50 with the nails. For this for the painting
that’s stenciling, I didn’t have video of this. My wife did it. But you just buy a
stencil, tape it up, use a foam brush with milk paint. That is what we did, or you could
use chalk (paint). But you apply it very lightly so you don’t have the paintbrush sopping
wet. You have it fairly ..just a little damp. But anyways
again thank you for watching. I hope this inspired you for some ideas. And again,
this is extremely cheap tools if you don’t own any tools at all. You know you
can go out and spend fifty dollars and have all of these tools and leftover
money for lunch. And probably come back with enough materials to build one of
these if you have the stain. But again if using cheap construction lumber,
pre-stain conditioner is worth the money because it will get blotchy if you don’t
do it. And yeah I mean go have fun and start learning. Here’s a couple of
pictures of how it looks in our home. It fits pretty nice and I’m pretty pleased
with the results. So anyways thank you guys very much and have a good day.

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