This project was one of the first pins on my Pinterest board – although a little out of my comfort zone, I love woodworking projects. I had two major sources of assistance for this one: a good tutorial, and my friend Casey (and his shop full of tools!) I have a chop saw, but Casey had the all-important drill press – although you could do this project without one, it would be a lot more work.
I started with 1″x2″ maple boards, using the chop saw to cut them into 38 9″-lengths. Next, using the drill press – because accuracy is very important here – I drilled 5/16″ holes (although I had to go back and re-drill many of the pieces at 7/16″, because I needed a little more leeway – given my lack of exactitude – to get the rods to thread through)
The real work came pin the painting – each piece got two coats of primer on all sides, then two coats of paint on all sides, then a coat of marine-grade lacquer brushed on, followed by two coats of spray lacquer over the entire completed project.
For the paints, I used 15 different colors, bought as one-pint paint samples from Benjamin Moore: grape gum, poppy, bright yellow, Bermuda breeze, lemon drops, sapphire berry, Victorian trim, Yosemite blue, evening blue, salmon peach, royal flush, piñata, spring hill green, wales green, and golden nugget. I now have a lot of paint leftover for future projects!
This part of the project was very time-consuming because of all of the different coats of paint, and the drying time in between, and working with 15 different colors simultaneously. I learned to use a small foam roller, and to rest each end of the freshly painted boards on two long, skinny boards so that the air could circulate both above and below them – if I used a paint brush or let them dry on newspaper, the paint pooled and dripped, and the paper stuck to them and left a mark when it was peeled off.
After all of the painting was complete, I threaded through the rods and locking bolts per the instructions on the tutorial. Again, I used Casey’s tools – this time, a metal saw – to cut off the ends of the rods after the bolts were tightened down.Pin It