DIY End Grain Geometric Wood Wall Art Tutorial

DIY End Grain Geometric Wood Wall Art Tutorial

DIY End Grain Geometric Wood Wall Art Tutorial

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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Plan for the End Grain Wood Wall Art

DIY End Grain Wood Wall Art Plan Drawing
DIY End Grain Wood Wall Art Plan

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).

Square piece plan
Square piece plan
Making the square pieces from 4 x 4 lumber
Making the square pieces from 4 x 4 lumber

Next we took 1 x 2 lumber and cut out five pieces of 8-½” length using the miter saw. 

8-½" inch piece plan
8-½" inch piece plan

Next we took 1 x 2 lumber and cut out two pieces of 3-½” length using the miter saw. 

3-½" inch piece plan
3-½" inch piece plan

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.

Plan of 8-½" inch piece with one end mitered
Plan of 8-½" inch piece with one end mitered
Making the wall art pieces with miter from 1 x 2 lumber
Making the wall art pieces with miter from 1 x 2 lumber

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.

Plan of 8-½" inch piece with both ends mitered
Plan of 8-½" inch piece with both ends mitered
Making the wall art pieces with double miter from 1 x 2 lumber
Making the wall art pieces with double miter from 1 x 2 lumber

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.

Trapezoid Piece Plan
Trapezoid Piece Plan

Then we took a 1 x 4 board cut out four large triangles with the dimensions in the plan below

Large triangular piece plan
Large triangular piece plan

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.

Large triangular piece plan
Large triangular piece plan

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.

Outer Frame Piece Plan
Outer Frame Piece Plan

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.

Frame pieces and the double mitered pieces
Frame pieces and the double mitered pieces
Dry fit check for the wall art pieces
Dry fit check for the wall art pieces
Dry fit check for the wall art pieces
Dry fit check for the wall art pieces

Finishing the individual pieces

We now sanded all pieces except the pieces from the 1 x 2 lumber (those were burned).

Sanding the pieces
Sanding the pieces

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. 

Making the outer frame with nails and wood glue
Making the outer frame with nails and wood glue

We sanded the pieces in the dry fit position to smoothen minor bumps.

Sanding the pieces after assembling to remove minor bumps
Sanding the pieces after assembling to remove 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.

Burning the 1 x 2 - Cross Pieces
Burning the 1 x 2 - Cross Pieces

We tried a dry fit check after burning the cross pieces.

Dry fit check after burning
Dry fit check after burning

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.

Applying PU on the burned 1 x 2 pieces
Applying PU on the burned 1 x 2 pieces
Finishing the end grain pieces with teak oil
Finishing the end grain pieces with teak oil

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”).

Measuring the plywood base for the wall art
Measuring the plywood base for the wall art

We took the pieces and assembled it in a distinct pattern with the end grains in the square pieces forming a tree ring pattern.

Assembling the Pieces of the Wall Art
Assembling the Pieces of the Wall Art
Dry fit Check and Setting the pattern
Dry fit Check and Setting the 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.

Applying wood glue to the plywood base for fixing the wall art on it
Applying wood glue to the plywood base for fixing the wall art on it
fixing the wall art to the plywood base
Applying wood glue to the plywood base for fixing the wall art on it

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.

Clamping the Wall Art for glue to cure
Clamping the Wall Art for glue to cure

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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Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to Mellowpine. We play around with beginner woodworking projects, CNC for hobbyists, and general woodworking tips.

If you'd like to connect with me or talk about something you like at mellowpine, drop me a mail at susan@mellowpine.com

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Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to Mellowpine. We play around with beginner woodworking projects, CNC for hobbyists, and general woodworking tips.

If you'd like to connect with me or talk about something you like at mellowpine, drop me a mail at susan@mellowpine.com

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