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How to make a DIY Letter Ledge

DIY Letter Ledge

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Item Description Quantity
11″ x 14″ .093″ Acrylic Sheet Order here 3
1″ x 3″ x 8″ Pine Board Order here 1
12″ x 12″ Vinyl Sheets Order here 1 pack
1/4” 18 Gauge Brad Nails Order here 1 pack

Instructions

Step

Cut the 1×3 board to your desired length for each letter ledge row. Next, set the height of your table saw blade to 1″. Then, set the width of the glide rail to 3/8″. Pass the 1×3 through the table saw blade to create a 1″ deep channel. Finish/stain as desired.

My favorite finish combination:

  1. Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner
  2. Minwax Early American
  3. Minwax Weathered Oak
  4. Water Based Poly
DIY Letter Ledge DIY Letter Ledge
Step

Set the height of your table saw blade to 1/4″. Then, set the width of the glide rail to your desired letter card length. I ripped a 11×14 acrylic sheet into 10 – 2.75″ x 5 1/5″ cards, so I set the glide rail at 5 1/2″. Rip down the acrylic sheet into two equal lengths. Then, use the miter saw to cut the width of each letter card. Sand any rough edges down with 220 grit sand paper and removed the acrylic sheet protector.

*Note: Always account for the 1/8″ blade thickness. Also, when cutting the acrylic sheet, be sure to go as slow as possible to prevent chipping.

DIY Letter Ledge
Step

Use your Cricut or vinyl cutter to cut out letters in the vinyl sheets. I used the font GoBold and made the letters each 3″ in height. Once your letters are cut, apply them to each letter card. Make sure the letter card is free from debris and account for 1″ that will be hidden by the wooden letter ledge row. It also helps to lay a grid underneath the letter card surface to help visually align all the letters the same.

Letter Ledge DIY
Step

Finally, insert your letter cards into the letter ledge row and figure out the spacing for each row. Use finish nailer to tack each row onto your wall. Be sure to nail the bottom of the board only. You don’t want to nail through any of your cards. Enjoy!

DIY Letter Ledge DIY Letter Ledge