Friday, July 13, 2012

Old Yardsticks and Rusty Hooks

I put together another batch of hook boards from my stash of vintage yardsticks and shared them on Thursday at Knick of Time for Angie's one year blog anniversary party.  I started making these a few years ago from all my hoarded yardsticks and rusty old hooks.  You can see the other versions here and here.

 "You Never Had It So Wood"
Some of these old advertisements are just too funny.

The boards were cut from some scrap lumber I already had and then lightly stained to darken the ends and sides.  The yardstick pieces are really easy to cut by hand using a coping saw or any small hand saw.

I like to round off the edges of the boards and yardstick pieces with some sandpaper so they don't have that fresh cut look to them.

The chippy old hooks were sprayed with two coats of matte acrylic sealer prior to screwing them into the boards. Always pre-drill a hole to avoid splitting the thin yardstick wood.

I keep the placement of the advertising in mind when I'm cutting the yardsticks.  

I glued down the yardsticks to the boards with wood glue and then used a few small nails just to make sure everything stays in place.  To bring out more detail in the yardsticks, I wipe a coat of Howard Restor-A-Finish on the boards before I attach the hooks.  A few saw tooth hangers on the back and they're ready for hanging. 

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