Hey friends, it is Susan from Mellowpine. We are back with a terrific project, and that is an end grain wood wall art. We’d done two different wood wall art projects some time back, and those are linked below. So this pattern we used is called a Versailles pattern. We used end grain wood pieces and burned wood pieces to make this wall art. This one fits beautifully in our bedroom and we’re super excited to share it with you all.
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Things you need for this build
- 1 No.- 4 x 4 Lumber - 4 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Untreated Kiln-Dried Douglas Fir Dimensional Lumber
- 3 Nos.- 1 x 2 Lumber - 1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft. Select Kiln-Dried Square Edge Whitewood Board (Since this piece is going to be burned preferably use kiln-dried lumber)
- 1 No.- 1 x 6 Lumber (or any 3/4" scrap wood piece larger than 4 " x 4" in area) - 1 in. x 6 in. x 6 ft. Premium Kiln-Dried Square Edge Whitewood Common Board
- 1/4" thick plywood -Birch Plywood (Common: 1/4 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft.)
- Wood Glue
- WATCO Teak Oil
Plan for the End Grain Wood Wall Art
How to read the plan: Pieces with the same color have the exact same dimensions. Detailed dimensions for each individual piece is provided in the steps below.
Please note the difference in dimension between nominal size and actual size. For e.g., 2 x 4 is the nominal size while 1-½" x 3-½" is the actual size. This is a standard convention.
How to make the end grain wood wall art
The most important part of this project, is getting the pieces sized correctly. It's a breeze after you get all the small pieces sized correctly.
Cutting the pieces for the wall art
First we took 4 x 4 lumber and cut out twelve ¾” thick pieces using the miter saw. These will form the 3-½” x 3-½” square pieces (olive green in plan).
Next we took 1 x 2 lumber and cut out five pieces of 8-½” length using the miter saw.
Next we took 1 x 2 lumber and cut out two pieces of 3-½” length using the miter saw.
Next we took 1 x 2 lumber and cut out four pieces of 8-½” length using the miter saw and then mitered one end at an angle of 45 degrees.
Next we took 1 x 2 lumber and cut out four pieces of 8-½” length using the miter saw and then mitered both ends at an angle of 45 degrees.
Next we took 1 x 2 lumber and marked a point 2 inches away from the edge, then we drew a line at 45 degree from that point to the other edge in the longer direction. Then we cut along the line on the miter saw to get four pieces with a trapezoid shape.
Then we took a 1 x 4 board cut out four large triangles with the dimensions in the plan below
Then we took a 1 x 4 board and cut out four small right triangles as shown in the plan below, with two equal sides being 2” each.
Lastly, for the frame, we took 1 x 2 lumber and cut out four pieces of length 20-19/32” and then mitered both ends. It’s better to build the frame after all the pieces are cut to accommodate minor differences in size.
Also, we drew the whole pattern on a sheet of paper and that was helpful to verify the measurements and fit.
Now that all pieces were cut, the difficult part of the project was over.
Finishing the individual pieces
We now sanded all pieces except the pieces from the 1 x 2 lumber (those were burned).
Then we put the frame pieces together using wood glue and nails. We needed the frame in shape for doing the dry fit at each stage, so this had to be made first.
We sanded the pieces in the dry fit position to smoothen minor bumps.
We then burned all the pieces from 1 x 2 lumber to get a dark texture. Then we scraped it with a wire brush to get that dark brown color.
We tried a dry fit check after burning the cross pieces.
We finished the burned 1 x 2 pieces with PU and all the other pieces with teak oil. We wanted to retain the grains and the color of those pieces so we chose teak oil. You need to apply something that will bring out the end grain clearly.
Assembling the pieces together
We then made a plywood base for the wall art from ¼” thick plywood piece with the same length as the frame. (20-19/32” x 20-19/32”).
We took the pieces and assembled it in a distinct pattern with the end grains in the square pieces forming a tree ring pattern.
Once the pattern was ready and the pieces were assembled, we applied wood glue on the plywood base and fixed it behind the frame.
After this we clamped the entire piece such that the plywood base sticks to the frame and all the pieces in the wall art. To clamp the wall art without damage, we made a temporary plywood sheet for the top side of the wall art as well and clamped everything tight. We did not use any nails after gluing, as we clamped everything tight. We used scrap wood to help apply the clamping pressure uniformly.
So after the glue cured, we unclamped it, and the end grain wall art was ready. Hope you liked this project, and if you would like to see more wall art DIY projects from us, let us know in the comments or send us a mail.
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