My father-in-law also has a lot of DIY projects, and I’m always impressed by it because I feel like he just knows a lot. He is a man who wears many hats, including but not limited to carpenter, electrician, engineer, boat captain, father, grandfather, etc. He has a fondness for building chairs out of wood (he’s made one or two out of heavy duty plastic, as well), and most recently he upgraded his dock and built a small table with a hole in it for an umbrella stand (see picture below). The table points due south, so he thought it would be cool if I could design a compass rose with a prominent S for him to decorate the table with.
Methods: I actually bought the Cricut Vinyl Sampler from my local Jo-Ann because I didn’t have time to order any online from Silhouette America, plus I wasn’t sure what color I needed yet. As far as I am aware, Silhouette America products aren’t available in stores (please correct me if I’m wrong!). My father-in-law had a rough idea of the look that he wanted, so I went with his suggestions along with my own bit of inspiration. I measured the table in order to determine the size of what I had to work with (at 12″×12″, the piece of adhesive vinyl was more than enough for the job). The compass included in pirate icons (Design ID #29899) had the look I was hoping for: a simple compass but somewhat reminiscent of a captain’s wheel. Since we wanted the center of the compass to be the umbrella hole, I drew two circles and used the “merge” option to eliminate the center of the original design. I also shortened all the sides except for one so that the direction most noticeable would be south. My father-in-law requested I use the Airstream font for the cardinal directions.
Results: According to Silhouette’s instructions, adhesive vinyl doesn’t need a cutting mat unless the piece is too small for the rollers. I did not use the cutting mat, and I performed a few test cuts before my final cut. At certain places, the blade seemed to cut through the backing, which was worriesome. I’m not sure if this is because I was using Cricut vinyl, but overall it did the job. After adhering it to his table my father-in-law coated it with a few layers of sealant. I hope it lasts a long time!