Instead I did this…&

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osb board project
Oriented Strand Board {OSB} board is lumber used in construction.

It’s made by mixing small pieces of wood with glue.  Then press the mixture into large 4 by 8 sheets.  OSB is inside walls, flooring, and places you don’t see it.

I bought two sheets, cut them down, to use as supports under twin beds.

I could have tossed the leftovers in the trash…

but instead, I did this…

OSB Board Project


This project started with an old logo I made years ago.  I never used the logo except for the chandelier.  That chandelier is still with me and for some reason, I can’t let it go.

The ampersand I drew on the computer.  Hey, I could make an ampersand using OSB and leave the layers of scrap wood showing!  I like the texture and my head went, hmmm!


I cut the scrap OSB boards down to make three layers.  A sandwich!  With wood glue for the mustard.

Click here to read more about OSB Board.

OSB Board Project | Country Design Style |


After adding the ampersand to a page file and enlarging it, I printed it.  Then using carbon paper I traced the “&” on the OSB sandwich!  Although, my ampersand is the “E” style.  You can download a copy of the ampersand for your own “&” project.

Then started cutting out the shape using my…


jigsaw!  While I was cutting I kept thinking, “this will never stand upright!”

But it did!


You can read my tips and tricks for using a jigsaw here.


With a bit of sanding, the ampersand is ready for the mantel.  I’ve been into raw or natural wood decor items.  My next project might be a natural wood shelf to hold my OSB Board project!


Now here’s a pin to share!

one board

There’s still a bit of OSB Board left…and ideas for another shape??

I keep thinking I’ll use the logo somewhere on the website.  If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.


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  1. LOVE IT! Love it! Love it!
    It is endearing to make something that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Having 14… Almost 15 grands, I can think of initials, shapes, names & words . &&&&& the possibilities are endless. LOVE the chandelier!

    PS I didn’t notice pop ups.

  2. I love your blog but the popup ads kept covering your content, and I doubt you want that. I had a hard time reading your post but I persevered. I am going to try this making a corbel. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Cynthia brady says:

      I was just going to comment the same thing. I do enjoy your site, but the ads are very annoying.

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