Abstract Wood Signs - How I Built Them
I kept seeing this abstract wood signs show up everywhere when I was looking for inspiration for my old dining room. My thinking was to design my own. Here is a step-by-step on how I did that.
Materials for Abstract Wood Signs
plywood – three 16X24 pieces
1X2 pieces of wood (lots)
brad nails and nailer
How I Built Abstract Wood Signs
Cut three even pieces of plywood. I did 16X24.
* I sanded all of the wood I used. You should use 100 grit and then go up from there if you need to make it more smooth. Here is a blog on sandpaper grit if you want to learn more about it.
Cut pieces of 1X2 that will frame the picture. Four pieces all the way around. Pictured it just the two sides, however you need all four. I saved these and put them on last.
I glued a 1X2 that was 24 inches long 7 inches down from the top of the first sign. Make sure it is level.
I then places five 1X2 at the top going vertical, see photo. I spaced this out with the 1 inch side of the 1X2. Remember, I used wood glue and brad nails for everything.
Pictures are so much easier than words to explain this, so I hope you look at the pictures. I cut two 1X2s and cut them at a 45 degree angle. Then, I then placed them where I wanted them and used wood glue and brad nails to hold them into place.
I have a little bit of overhang in the picture, I am going to just cut this off when I am done.
I worked on all three at the same time so the pattern flowed throughout all three. Because of this, I used a 1X2 for the second sign 7 inches down from the top, along with a 1X2 one inch above it.
I also had the 45 degree angle boards continue onto the second sign.
I added four and a half pieces of wood at the opposite 45 degree angle on the second sign. I wish I had a photo of me doing this, but I do not. You can see what I did in the final photo. I spaced all of my spaces with the 1 inch side of the 1X2. Also, I added a 1X2 to the bottom of the sign, hitting against the 45 degree angle boards, 1 inch from the bottom.
For the third sign, I added an arrow looking pattern. To do this part, I spaced it with 1X2s and cut them at a 45 degree angle.
I also continued the 1X2 horizontal piece (1 inch from the bottom) onto the third sign. Then, I added two vertical pieces of 1X2 as well. See the finished photo for this.
I then added the sides of the sign. I put the vertical sides on first, then the horizontal ones. Again, remember I used wood glue and brad nails for this.
They are really heavy, so I bought this 40 lbs wall hanging kit at walmart. They are $4.49 each.