I recently received the new Small Spray Shelter from my friends at Homeright. I’ve had the regular Homeright Spray Shelter for a couple of years now. The smaller one is great for those quick spray painting projects, much better than the standard cardboard box method! We’ve all been there, right? Looking for the perfect cardboard box to protect surrounding items from overspray.
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I posted this Tips for Using The Small Spray Shelter project over on their DIY site, you should check it out. I share good tips for spray painting.
Today, I’m going to share this project I made at Haven Conference in Atlanta in August. One of the sessions by Ryobi and Jaime from That’s My Letter was all about using scroll saws and jigsaws. I’m not the best with a jigsaw, and I had never used a scroll saw before, so I was happy to partake in this class.
I chose the word hello from the selection of words. The others were—gather, yolo and family. I traced the letters with a ball point pen, transferring the letters onto the plywood.
After the imprint was transferred to the plywood, I traced it with a pencil so I would be able to see the letters in order to cut them.
Ignore the crazy “old” lady wearing safety glasses over “cheaters”. I felt it was important to be able to see what I was cutting!
While at the class, there were no jigsaws for me to finish my project, so I had to bring it home and finish it. You can see that I drilled holes in the center of the “e” and the “o” in order to insert the jigsaw blade.
I used a mouse sander to clean everything up and make it look smooth.
The small spray shelter is compact and stores away easily. I love that the directions are attached right to the storage pouch.
The small spray paint shelter sort of “pops” up like those fold up windshield visors for your car—but I must say I can do my sun protector for my car a LOT easier than I can pop down this spray shelter. But, I’m sure I will get the hang of it eventually.
Whenever I paint anything, I always do the back first because if it gets marred when I turn it over, the imperfections will be on the back. I also prefer to raise my items up off the surface.
See how easy it is to use up on a table?
Be sure to read the can for directions for dry time and the window of opportunity for a second coat.
I moved the “hello” sign to a scrap piece of wood so it could fully dry/cure.
I hung it on my fence to take a few pictures.
And then I used it on this modified navy and stained dresser.
I always thought I wanted a scroll saw, I think I’m over that now. I love sawing, but I’ll stick with the compound miter saw and the table saw for now.
Have you ever cut something on a scroll saw? Maybe you have more patience than I have.
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