Have you guys seen these airplane panels in the PB catalog?
When I saw them, I fell in love and knew I needed to recreate the look for less since they were $299.
PB's version is 2x8, but I went ahead with a 1x4 pine board and cut it into (4) 12'' boards, then painted them off white.
Next, I took a scrap piece of newsprint paper and measured out (2) 12'' squares, then using PB's version as a guide, I sketched half of the airplane.
You don't have to draw the details, but I find it helpful to make sure the scale is right.
Next, I outlined it with a black marker and cut it out.
I traced it onto 2 panels, then flipped it over and traced it onto the other 2, then I drew in all the details.
Here it is with everything painted.
(Please excuse my piggly wigglies in the picture)
Next, I took a sander to all the edges and on some random spots on the boards...
And stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut.
The left board is with stain. Right is without.
And here she is all finished...
And PB's version for comparison...
I love love love how it turned out, but I'm thinking I might do another coat of stain so it looks more aged like PB's.
UPDATE: So right after I posted this, I went ahead and did another coat of stain. Usually, I am pretty conservative with distressing because I'm afraid I'll ruin it, but I'm glad I took my chances with this one. I hope you can see the difference in the pictures!