Vinyl Stencil, Painted Inspirational Sign

My friend has an awesome saying and she asked if I could make it into a small sign. This video is how I went about making the sign.

The first attempt I messed it up so I tried it again. I used my silhouette machine and cut the saying out on some vinyl. I removed the letters using a dental explorer, used a piece of Peel and Stick to transfer the remaining vinyl to my piece of board, then painted it with white acrylic paint. I painted it three times, blotting just a small amount of paint on the project each time and waiting for it to dry between coats. This made all the difference in the world for bleeding under the vinyl! Thank you to everyone who gave me that bit of advice! Then when the final coat was dry I peeled off the vinyl. I added a verse to the back and since this is for my very good friend I chose Philippians 1:3 (NCV) which says, “ I thank my God every time I remember you…” (I will leave a link to a video showing how I do this transfer technique.)

When I prepared the back I messed up some of the paint on the front. So I had to go back with a small brush and touch up those areas. Lastly, I added some boards around the perimeter so that it looks like a small box.

Links for two transfer videos: Transferring letters to wood and How did you put that on there? The transfer techniques I use

I wanted to let you know I’ve put links to some of the things I used in this video right here for you. Some are affiliate links and some are not. So if you’re curious about something I used click away. Or send me an email if you have questions about something!

Acrylic paint

Arteza products: Arteza Self Adhesive Vinyl 12X12″ – Assorted Colors (42 Sheets) 

Arteza-Detail Paint Brush (Set of 15) 

Vinyl Tool kit

Sea sponges (pack of 12)


Vinyl Stencil Sign, my first attempt

I have seen these neat painted signs all over the place and watched a video on how to do it. Instead of using vinyl letters you remove the letters and make a stencil with the remaining vinyl. In this video I try it. I messed up a few times but ended up with something that I like. I learned a lot along the way and look forward to making more signs like this.

Arteza Self Adhesive Vinyl 12X12″ – Assorted Colors (42 Sheets)

Acrylic paints

Frosting spreader

Titebond Original Wood Glue

Sanding Detail Stick Set

Orbital sander 5”

Assorted grit hook and loop discs

Refinishing an Oak Coffee Table Top

My aunt asked me about an oak coffee table she had. We chatted about it and I offered to attempt to refinish the top for her. I picked it up and this was my first project of 2019. It took a few weeks mainly because of waiting on stuff to dry, but I got it done! Yay!!! I put a bible verse on the underside of the table top even though no one will ever see it. I chose Luke 14:15 (NCV) “Blessed are the people who will share in the meal in God’s kingdom.” I suppose folks won’t be having a meal around this table, but maybe some coffee!!!

An Experiment in Ebonizing Wood

I heard about ebonizing wood a while ago. I understand it to mean when you make a piece of wood dark, like ebony wood, by causing a chemical reaction when you place a solution (for me it was vinegar+steel wool) onto the wood. (Science of the process not mentioned or discussed, you can google that 🙂 )

The other day my neighbor mentioned ebonizing and it made me curious enough to try it out. This video is just me using the solution on a few different species of wood (cedar, maple, blue pine, juniper, walnut, and myrtlewood) and showing the results of the experiment. It was fun and interesting! I did discover that the ebonized area of the wood will sand away quite easily. So that means the wood needs to be prepared (planed or sanded down) before you apply the ebonizing solution or it will just all come off during the sanding and planing process later. Maybe the depth of ebonizing is deeper for wood that is soaked for a long time in the solution…but how long? Sounds like another experiment.

This video is quite long so here are the times for certain things if you want to skip through:

Snow Sparkling 1:26

Finally in the Shop 1:44

Applying Ebonizing Solution 3:00

Applying Tea for Tanninizing 10:11

Results 12:04

Sanding the Ebonized Areas 15:02

Routered Cabin

I got this pattern from a Facebook group and thought it would look really cool on a neat piece of birch I had.

I made this video for anyone who wants to see what I did to make this project, or for whoever wants to do some routering themselves!  

I am leaving links below to all of the things I used in the video including the link to the Facebook Group, Hand Routered Carving 4 Newbies. I recommend this group for anyone interested in doing routered carvings!

Job 12:7-10 (ncv) But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea tell you. Every one of these knows that the hand of the Lord has done this. The life of every creature and the breath of all people are in God’s hand.

Hand routered carvings 4 newbies Facebook page 

Profile bit

Some of these links are affiliate links and I will get a little monetary kickback if you click and order.

⅛ inch diameter spiral (up cut or down cut) bit with ¼” shank

Router (best price is at Harbor Freight)

Rustoleum 2x Black primer

Orbital sander

60 grit hook and loop discs

Clear Satin Polyurethane

Sanding Detail Stick Set

Blue tape

The Christmas Story Intarsia

While making this intarsia of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus I tell you the story of Jesus’ birth, the Christmas Story!!!

Here it is for you to follow along if you’d like:

Matthew 1:18-23 New Century Version (NCV)

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, but before they married, she learned she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a good man, he did not want to disgrace her in public, so he planned to divorce her secretly.

While Joseph thought about these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this happened to bring about what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.”

Luke 2:1-20 New Century Version (NCV)

At that time, Augustus Caesar sent an order that all people in the countries under Roman rule must list their names in a register. This was the first registration; it was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to their own towns to be registered.

So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee, and went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the family of David. Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was now pregnant. While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have the baby, and she gave birth to her first son. Because there were no rooms left in the inn, she wrapped the baby with pieces of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough.

That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box.”

Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and saying: “Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God.”

When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about.”

So the shepherds went quickly and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in a feeding trough. When they had seen him, they told what the angels had said about this child. Everyone was amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured these things and continued to think about them. Then the shepherds went back to their sheep, praising God and thanking him for everything they had seen and heard. It had been just as the angel had told them.

What an amazing story and undeserved gift we have in Jesus. Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

Looney Tunes Ornament Tree

We decorated our Christmas tree and I had these little tiny Looney Tune ornaments left over. Instead of hanging them on the tree, which is full of decorations already, I thought it would be neat to hang them on their own tree. So I cut out a tree shape with a piece of hardboard and put the ornaments on their very own tree!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Christmas Stockings

I thought it would be super cool to make Christmas stockings out of wood! So I gathered a bunch of wood and printed off a stocking shape and went to town!

Here are the verses I put on the back of each stocking. I chose verses that talk about gift that God gives us since that is what Christmas is all about. His gift to us! If you are wondering how to receive his gift see the verses below or send me an email and I can help.

On Gibby’s: 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NCV) Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful for words.

On Wally’s: Ephesians 2:8 (NCV) I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God.

On mine: John 5:39-40 (NCV) You carefully study the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. They do in fact tell about me, but you refuse to come to me to have that life.

On Husbands: Romans 6:23 (NCV) The payment for sin is death. But God gives us the free gift of life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord.