Scrabble Surprise

August 12th, 2008 in projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Vintage game boards and pieces show up all the time at your local junk haunt. It's time to put them to use! Surprise a family member with this simple-yet-stylin' Scrabble concoction. With a barn board trim, you'll be at the apex of your game.


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Tool List:

Saw (we used a radial arm saw)
Nail gun/nails


Instant Glue (cyanoacrylate)
Vintage Scrabble board and letters
Barn board


Step 1: Measure the Scrabble board. Cut a piece of plywood 1/2-in. less than the board’s length and width.

Step 2: Whip out the barn board. Saw a miter joint (45-degree angle) for each corner of the Scrabble board. Make sure the length of the barn board equals the length of the Scrabble board.

If you don't have a miter saw, use a handsaw with a miter box.

Step 3: Place the plywood behind the game board. Put one section of the barn board frame onto its appropriate spot on the Scrabble board. Board yet?

Step 4: Very carefully now…shoot a nail through an inconspicuous spot on the barn board THROUGH the Scrabble board and plywood. This will need to be done at an angle.

A nail gun makes easy work of this task. You can also use a hammer and nail but pre-drill a hole first.

Step 5: Repeat step four for each section of the barn board frame.

Step 6: Screw the hangers into the back of the plywood.

Step 7: Carefully plan your Scrabble creation. This is the hardest part.

Step 8. Glue the letters on.

Have fun creating your Scrabble board messages.

Tips: Seriously, take your time on step seven. I can’t stress this enough. You don’t want someone’s name missing a letter. How embarrassing—it’s like you don’t even love them.

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