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1. Open the packs of wood shims and remove any that appear damaged or too rough for use.
2. Sand the edges of the shims slightly to remove any splinters or rough edges. There is no need to sand the entire surface unless the shim is extremely rough. (This is a rustic flag which means its beauty lies in the flaws!) The intent of sanding is to make sure the edges can be butted against each other easily and without large gaps.
3. Setup eight rows of four, alternating thin side/thin side and thick side/thick side to give the illusion of a wave. You will want to lay it all out before you begin staining and gluing because not all shims are created equal! Some may be longer than others and you may end up with a row/rows much longer than the others. Rearrange until each row is similar length. This only needs to be close, not perfect. *Melissa’s Tip: be sure to measure shim layout before cutting plywood backing!
4. Pour the Express Color Crimson and Indigo onto a paper plate or disposable surface for staining. Be careful when pouring, the stain comes out fast. The White Wash Stain can be used directly from the can (make sure you shake well). Proceed with staining using 1” foam brush. Make sure you stain them as you have them laid out, and allow them to dry in this general formation. Otherwise, your rows may get mixed up and you will need to lay the whole thing out again before you begin gluing. (TIP: To avoid staining your hands, use latex gloves.) *Melissa’s Tip: I also substituted Rust-oleum latex paint for the wood stain recommended for the project to make it a more economical project.
5. Once your shims have dried, you can begin gluing them to your plywood. Begin at the bottom and work your way up by row. Your bottom and top rows should overlap the plywood slightly. (TIP: Lay the plywood over top of your shims while they are laid out to give you an idea of how much overlap to use on bottom row in order for the top row to have a similar overlap when completed. Allow 30 minutes to set.)
6. Once all of the shims have been glued, cut the star from the template attached. Lay this in the center of the blue section and push an upholstery pin into the wood at each tip and corner. You’ll want to push these in enough that they won’t fall out when stringing the star but with enough room to wrap the twine around each one several times. We will tap them in further once the star is complete.
7. Tie your twine off to one of the upholstery pins. Begin winding the twine around the upholstery pins by winding from tip to corner and back to the same tip twice before going from a corner to the next tip and so on. This should be done using one long piece of twine. Once you get back to the original tip, tie the twine off and cut any remaining twine. You can gently tap the upholstery pins in further using a hammer. (TIP: The finish may come off slightly from the use of the hammer. To avoid this cover the pins with a rag before tapping in.)
8. Project complete! Add a picture hanger or Command strips to the back and hang this some place special, or prop it up on your mantel for a rustic accent!
May Project of the Month
1) Cut chicken wire or Hardware cloth into a 10” x 10” square, or a larger size square if you would like.
2) Bend three of the corners toward the inside of the square.
3) Use the wire to fasten the corners together.
4) Cut off the remaining fourth corner at the top leaving just the rectangular pocket.
5) Fill the insides of pocket with coco liner & plant the Succulents.
6) Hang the pocket on a hook or nail.
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Ed Albrecht, “the Paint Dude” at Northern Lakes Do it Best Hardware in Hayward, Wisconsin, uses the slower first couple of months of the year to update himself and his employees on what’s new in the industry and refresh product knowledge. He’s tried out most of the products he sells at home so he has first-hand knowledge about how to use them. He encourages employees to try those products too.
“I’m constantly researching new products online and forever taking classes from our vendors and Do it Best so I know as much as I can about the category,” he says.
From the Paint Spotlight article in Hardware Retailing, March 2016
Have you noticed a change in our Paint department?
In the Fall of 2016, we welcomed this new addition:
A300 Series Automatic Dispenser line incorporates practicality enhancements and smoother ergonomic design, the A300 Series has been specially designed for low-medium volume paint POS that requires accuracy, efficiency, and reliability in a limited space.