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What do you do with scrap wood and fun new tools to try out? Well, you create a cute grill sign with added hooks to hang your utensils of course!
My brother in law loves to grill…use his smoker, and flat top..so I thought a little sign and somewhere to hang his utensils would be fun to make and try out a few new tools I received from Blue Ridge in the process!
The wood I had was used for another project so I had to clean it up a bit. I unscrewed the screws and then I had to use my Blue Ridge Pliers to get the finishing nails out of the wood. The soft grips on the pliers were very comfortable to use!
Once I had the wood cleaned up and deconstructed I cut the wood to the length I wanted and I was ready to make it cute!
I used my Cricut to make a stencil of what I wanted my sign to say and the images I wanted to use. I placed my stencil on the wood. My plan was to “engrave” the wood so I outlined the stencil onto the wood.
If you don’t have a Cricut you could also print what you would like on plain paper, place it on the wood and trace it with a pen. That will indent the wood slightly so you can see where your lines are. I also have a ton of ways to make signs with out a stencil here.
The Blue Ridge Hobby Tool kit is a rotary tool that comes with over 250 pieces. This tool can do so much it can sand, grind, cut, buff and more.
For this project I am using a HSS (High Speed Steel) bit. I slowly just connect it with the wood and the tool does the work for me. I gently go along the lines and then kind of color it in.
When it was done I stained the wood using Minwax Stain in Provencal.
I wasn’t sure how the “engraved” part would stain and I was hoping it would be darker or lighter than the rest.
It ended up being a little darker but I wanted more “texture” and contrast.
I used the sanding bit a little to take some of the stain off and I love the effect.
I like how it’s has a variation of tone and it kind of looks like burned wood.
I added a quick coat of wood conditioner to highlight the raw wood a little more and that made it pop.
I measured the space on the bottom of the sign and then screwed in little hooks to hold the utensils.
I love how it came out. It looks homemade and has a ton of character. It’s always nice to create a sign that’s not just painted.
The Blue Ridge Hobby Tool gave it great dimension and texture that I would not have achieved if I painted or used vinyl!