I have some of my things for sale at a great little store in downtown North Bay, Ontario called The FARM.
FARM stands for Fashion Art Retail Market and has things for sale by creative people, most whom are local. This includes jewellery, soap, photos, clothing, bags and, of course, my wood signs!
The owner Katie, who sews beautiful garments, asked if I could make her a sandwich board to sit on the sidewalk outside her shop… of course I said YES!
The sandwich board was to be about 2′ wide x under 4′ tall and needed to have two sides with a chalk board on each side that Katie could write on. Since she likes my pallet wood signs, she wanted the frame made from pallet wood.
This is how the frame would look, I’ll show it first and then explain the making of it:
Here it is put together, showing the back side:
and from the front:
To keep the frame together I use exterior wood glue and strong clamps to hold it for about an hour.
I use hardboard for the chalk board portion and paint it two coats of chalk board paint. I painted the logo of the FARM on the top, right on the black paint.
The hardboard was cut 3/4″ wider and taller than the space between the frame, so to get the chalk board to fit behind the frame, I routed out about 3/8″ wide and the depth of the hardboard. The board then sits in this opening:
This frame will be dry-brushed with white paint. The raw wood is quite light and I stain it darker with my steel wool in vinegar stain so that where the white paint doesn’t cover, you see a medium colour of wood.
The white paint is dry-brushed over the whole frame.
Of course, there are TWO frames, so that they can sit back to back and make the sandwich board: