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First of all, I can’t take full credit for this project, but I wanted to share it because it turned out so awesome. Our youth pastor, his wife (and her mom) and I made these 3D letters that spell HOPE for our church stage during a sermon series titled “Project HOPE”. Here’s a link to see it on stage in action… http://www.mtvchurch.com/media.php?pageID=5 (it’s the one titled “Project Hope” on 4/20/14). The main structure of the letters are made from sheet lumber cut out to the shape of each letter and painted black (to prevent seeing the raw plywood on the finished product). We stacked two sheets and cut once and connected the two pieces with 18”(I think) 2×4’s at the corners and at the weak points to give a 3D effect (kinda like block letters). Once we had each of the letter’s main structural base constructed we then faced them with pallet wood. The pallet wood went on in different patterns then cut with a saws all to the shape of the plywood underneath. Next step was to drill holes for our light sockets placed in each letter, install the sockets and wire it all up within the framing. Once the wiring was completed we then wrapped all the edges with pallet wood (closed up the cavity) and these pieces over hung the face of the letters to give the installed light bulbs something to bounce off of (unfortunately I don’t have a close up picture of this). You can see the finished product closer in the video link. The letters were placed on stage at our church and plugged in through a dimmer switch. It was a lot of fun to make, but very time consuming.

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