If you love the look of planked wood this post shows you an easy way to make it without actually having to cut several boards, therefore saving you time and money. In this post I am also giving you a FREE Fall and Winter Printable, Yah!
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*Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project I recommend safety goggles, ear protection, a P100 – Mask for staining and optional N95 mask to prevent breathing wood particles during sawing and sanding.
TOOLS FOR FAUX PLANKED WOOD
SUPPLIES FOR FAUX PLANKED WOOD
- 1/2 inch plywood
- Stain – I used Minwax Espresso and Rust-oleum Weathered Gray
- White cardstock
- Jute/twine – I used 3-ply jute
CUTS FOR FAUX PLANKED WOOD
- My piece measured 13 x 10 1/2 inches (I based my cuts with having a one inch space/frame around a letter sized paper of 8 1/2 x 11 inches)
STEPS TO MAKE LARGE SHIPLAP WELCOME SIGN
Step 1) Adjust the height of the saw so it cuts about 1/4 inch into the depth of the board you will be cutting. Place the board up next to the saw to get an idea where the cut will be. The goal here is that your cut is deep enough to give the board a planked look without going too deep that you risk breaking the board.Measure the distances along the board you want the planks/cuts to be. I placed my cuts about 2 1/4 inches apart to create five total cuts or six faux planks on the board. Adjust the fence to the desired cut widths and push the board over the saw.Repeat until you have created the planks down the length of the board. Step 2) I lightly sanded around the perimeter of the board and then applied one coat of Minwax Espresso stain, wiped it off and before it dried I applied one coat of Rust-oleum Weathered Gray and wiped it off. Step 3) While the stain was drying I worked on the printables and printed them on white cardstock. Click on each image below to print your own PDF (for personal use only).You can either print one on each side of the cardstock or print it on two different pages. I opted two print it on two different page, so I can either stack one behind the other or slide it under the jute on the backside. When the stain is completely dry I wrapped jute around two opposing corners a few times, came around the back each time around then tied the ends together. Make sure to wrap the jute tight to help keep the printable in place.The jute not only added some embellishment but it kept the printable from sliding.