Special Event Design

Burning Boards

Matt Holcomb from The Door Fellowship in Williamsport PA brings us these burnt boards for their stage design.

Matt started out making a 2″ x 2″ wood frame with 1″ x 6″ x 48″ pieces of rough cut lumber. The finished wall was 4′ W x 6′ H. Because he was using rough cut lumber, which can be a little more than 6″ wide, he had a little 1″ overlay at the top. He started nailing the 48″ pieces on from the bottom. He made sure to have a sturdy base because rough cut lumber can get heavy.

Matt then printed out letters and logos on 13″ x 19″ matte finish photo paper and made stencils to trace on the wood. He took a torch to make the letters and logos.

For the bottom letters, Matt sanded the area smooth and then printed the words out on legal sized copier paper. For transferring letters or images to wood, use copier paper on a laser jet printer only and mirror the image in the printer settings. He then taped the paper to the wood and liberally applied acetone while going over the letters with the handle of a butter knife. In this case the letters weren’t bold enough, so he filled them in with a sharpie. He clamped them together in the back and screwed them to the floor.

The lighting was simple can lights with 45-watt bulbs.

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