Pallet Cat Lover Sign

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Full disclosure, up front, total honesty… I am not a cat person.  I’m allergic.  Also… cats are crazy.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  I realize the title of this post could seem a little deceiving given my intro.  I am certainly not a cat lover.  Kittens, maybe.  But even then, I break out in hives if they touch me.  So yeah, let’s just say I prefer to distance myself from the cat population.

That being said, my brother in law recently got a cat.  I never pictured him as a cat person.  I can’t really explain why.  He’s a gym rat who likes to hunt and he definitely marches to the beat of his own drum.  So when he told us he was getting a kitten, we kind of thought he was all talk.  Then the Snapchats of the adorable creature started.  He actually did it!  He named her Rouge, which is apparently some sort of X-Men reference, I think.

Anyway, the point of that lead up was this… my single, 29 year old brother in law got a kitten and it changed his life.  We swap pictures of our “babies” on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis, and he talks about Rouge like she’s an actual human child.  It’s delightful.  So for his recent birthday, I decided to make him a somewhat manly cat sign.  Pallet wood and black paint.  Can’t go wrong.

I used my easy method for dismantling pallets to cut a few pieces of project wood.

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Then I used the miter saw to cut the edges and make them all the same length.

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I lined up my freshly cut planks to make sure they fit together the way I wanted.

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Then I flipped them all over and cut two lengths of thin wood to go on the back.  Then I drilled screws through the thin piece of wood and each of the planks.

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Once my base structure was complete, I printed out the words and picture that I wanted to use and lined them up on my sign.  I used painter’s tape to keep them in place.

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Then I used a pencil to heavily trace over the letters and picture, creating a light dent in the wood under the paper.  You can kind of see it in the photo.

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With my outline drawn, I used a paint pen to trace over the edges of the words and picture.

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Then I filled in the blank spaces.

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Then I let it dry and took some pictures.

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The perfect manly gift for a new cat daddy.  It definitely made him smile.

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