Blogger Saw Blade Sign

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Blogger Spinning Sign | Country Design Style |

Okay, is one of my favorite projects!!!

It’s junky, rusty, reclaimed, burlapy {now days burlapy is a word} and it makes me smile! 🙂

Blogger Saw Blade sign!

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rusty sawblade https://countrydesignstyle.comPlus, I spent a total of $6.50.

Hum, I guess the photo above could have been rotated!  It’s not like the saw blade has a top or bottom in the photo.

Oh, well!  I spent $6.50 for the perfect saw blade.  There were others at the restore, but none as perfect as this one.  I wanted rusty with large teeth {the sharp pointy things around the edge} and most important a round hole.

Some saw blades have a diamond shape, I needed it to spin freely and easy on a bolt.  This one is a 10-inch blade.

My inspiration

round slide rule #roundslideruleNow for the idea.  I was inspired by a round slide rule that was my dad’s and now sits on my desk.  Daddy used it for navigation when flying, but other than that I don’t have a clue how it works!!  But I love looking at it and turning it.  If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know.

I also remember vintage shop signs that would have a disk inside than you could spin around to say open, closed, or out to lunch.

How to make a spinning sign

List of supplies

2 pieces 12 inches long from 10-inch wide board.  {Actually it’s 9 1/4 inches wide}
2 pieces 9 /14 inches long of 1/2 square trim
10- inch Saw Blade or a piece of 1/4 inch plywood cut in a circle
Miter saw  {this is the one Mike gave me for my birthday}
Drill with a 1/4 inch bit, a smaller bit {I used a 3/16 bit} a countersink bit
Quality wood glue
Chalk marker
Burlap ribbon or strips of burlap 2-inches wide
Craft glue
One bolt 1/4 by 1 3/4 inches with nut and two washers.
Router with keyhole bit
Paint and paintbrushes

Steps I used

cut up wood

I used scrap wood from a broken cabinet.  First, I cut the wood to 12 inches.  Next, I measured where to place the center hole so the saw blade would hang out about an inch or so.  I drilled a 1/4 inch hole through the two boards.  I countersink the back hole to fit the nut and still hang flush on the wall.

Cut a square in wood Blogger Saw Blade Sign | Country Design Style |

Now, I need a small rectangle to “change” my sign.  Above shows a simple and quick way to get a cut using the jigsaw.

pie shaped chalk lines https://countrydesignstyle.comNow back to the rusty saw blade.  I drew lines with chalk like a pie.

Hum, I’m getting hungry!


chalk to make squares https://countrydesignstyle.comI lined the blade up with the center holes, making a sandwich.

I must be really hungry!

Then drew the outline of the square into the saw blade.  You can see I also sanded back most of the black only to find white paint that I again sanded.  So, I used my favorite tea and ironed vinegar technique to age the wood.

blogger tasks https://countrydesignstyle.comNext, I hand wrote six different tasks that I commonly do as a home DIY blogger using a chalk marker.  I thought about stenciling the lettering, but now I like the handwritten tasks.

Note, you can see I added 1/4 pieces of wood along the two sides as spacers.  Or you could think of it as the cheese along the sides of the sandwich!  These were glued in place.

Blogger Spinning Sign Router Bit | Country Design Style |

On the back, I used a keyhole router bit to make a hole to easily hang the sign.  This type of hole also helps hold the sign on the wall well when it spins.  If you don’t have a router, this bit is a great reason to buy one!

Assemble the pieces

I assembled the boards using wood glue.  Adding the bolt holds everything in place.  Thread the bolt through the front, add a washer.  Then add the saw blade and the other washer.  Then thread through the back board.  Add the nut.

Sandwiches, cheese, pie, nuts…I’m really getting hungry.

freezer paper lettering transfer #freezerpaper #transfer #lettering

To finish I used the freezer paper method to transfer lettering printed with my computer on the front.  You can read how this method works here.

I did buy freezer paper on Amazon that’s 8 ½ by 11 sheets!  Woot!  No cutting up the roll and trying to get the paper to lay flat in the printer.

blogger sign in craft room https://countrydesignstyle.comI hung my blogger saw blade sign in the craft room along with a soda crate and an old rusty spring from a bench.

I almost forgot the best part!  The burlap!  I first thought I would nail additional trim along the sides and top to “hide the cheese!”  But I wanted it to remain simple and rustic, so I glued on a strip of burlap.

Blogger tasks | Country Design Style |

Here’s a close up of my tasks.  All of them I do regularly!!! 🙂

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In the workshop, covered with saw dust, sleeping at the computer, redoing the mantel…again, taking photos while balancing on a ladder and writing about the DIY that went wrong %&?@!

Blogger Spinning Sign Pin 2| Country Design Style |

Don’t get me wrong…I love blogging AND REALLY love creating.

DIY blogger sign made from scrap wood and rusty junky saw blade. Plus is spins! Revealing tasks in the window. Burlap covers the edges. Country Design StyleI love my blogger saw blade sign!  Love DIY and I love blogging! <3

Since this post, I made a spinning chalkboard sign.

I’m getting dizzy!!! 🙂


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  1. There is so much to love about this sign!!! The burlap and freezer paper lettering may be my favs. Or maybe it was the tip about letter size freezer paper on Amazon! I haven’t been able to find any rolls locally, so was going to order some anyways. I’m excited I can get it in sheets!

  2. This is so cute!! I love all the left over junk pieces you used. I think I need something portable that I can carry around with me so my kids know right away if I am working or not. Sharing on my FB page later today. LOVE!

    1. Thank you! I’d be lost without a craft room or workshop. I’ve had workshop as large as a two car garage and as small as a cabinet on the porch to hold my jigsaw. ~Jeanette

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