DIY Wood Burned Geometric Wall Art

DIY Wood Burned Geometric Wall Art

DIY Wood Burned Geometric Wall Art

After the overwhelming response of the last wood wall art project, we decided to make one more geometric wood wall art project. If you missed it, check it out here- DIY Geometric Wood Wall Art. It seems we just can't get enough of wall art projects. So for this one, we chose an abstract design with a white and dark brown combination. To add a bit of twist to the project, we decided to do wood burning to achieve the dark brown finish. For those in the know, this technique is called Shou Sugi Ban and is a really popular Japanese wood preservation technique. All you need is a flame torch to do the wood burning.

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Things You Need For This Build

Materials

  • 2 in. by ½ in. boards- 40 feet (36 ft. is the exact requirement but it usually comes in 8 ft. pieces)
  • ¼" Plywood
  • Wood Glue
  • Varathane PU (Water based PU) or Homemade Paste Wax

Tools

Plan for the Geometric Wall Art

Wall Art Plan

How To Build The Wood Burned Geometric Wall Art

Step 1: We need 2 inches by ½ inch pieces for building this wall art. Those are available on Home-depot (Buy here). We already had 2x2's with us so we sized them to the required dimensions. This was done on a table saw. Then we ran each piece through the planer to make it level. This is not necessary if you bought lumber from the store which is planed.

Note: If you are buying regular lumber, cut the 2" by ½" lumber into 24 inch length strips first. Then cross cut each piece on the miter saw to divide it into two pieces as per the plan. Only one piece in each pair is to be burned using a torch.

Ripping a 2x2
Making the 2" by ½" pieces
Planing the pinewood pieces
Planing each piece using the planer
pinewood strips
All pieces planed and stacked

Step 2: After the strips were made, we decided to make the plywood base for gluing on the strip pieces. We used 8 ft. x 4 ft. plywood with ¼" thickness bought from home depot. We used the circular saw to cut out a 33" x 22" rectangular piece from the sheet of plywood. The size of the wall art is 24" x 36" so the base plywood piece (33" x 22") stays within the wall art frame. But you also want the base to have a firm hold over the wall art and thus it cannot be too small compared to the wall art size.

Setting the clamp for cutting the plywood
Cutting the plywood sheet

Step 3: Since we used scrap pieces of wood we had instead of regular store bought lumber, we using the speed square to mark the required lengths of each piece. We expected the wood burned pieces to warp a bit at the ends, so we left some extra length on those pieces for chopping off after burning.

Step 4: We then cut out the plain lumber pieces (no-burn part) on the miter saw as per the plan.

Wood Pieces after Sizing
Wood Pieces after Sizing

Step 5: Now that the no-burn pieces were ready, we moved on to the burning part. Now, we really love Shou Sugi Ban projects, but we didn't have much experience doing those. So we were really nervous when doing this step. But since we were using scrap lumber we felt a lot more confident playing around with it.

So we burned the pieces using a flame torch at high intensity. At first we tried burning multiple pieces together by placing them in a row. But we soon realized that the burning was non-uniform when it was done this way. The center pieces were getting burnt excessively and it was difficult to burn uniformly. So we changed our strategy and then on burned each piece individually.

burning pine wood piece
burning multiple pine wood piece

Note: Burn with a uniform hand motion at uniform speed. Each part of the wood must get the same amount of heat to get a uniform finish. Otherwise, you'll end up with a patchy finish.

burning pine wood piece
burning pine wood piece
burning pine wood piece
burning pine wood piece
burning pine wood piece
burning pine wood piece

Step 6: We then used a wire brush to scrape the burned material to reveal the final finished dark brown colour. We didn't really want to burn it to a charcoal black colour, so we decided to stop at a deep dark brown colour.

wire brush on burned wood
wire brush on burned wood
Burned Wood pieces
Burned Wood pieces

Step 7: We then sized the burned pieces on the miter saw to cut off the edges that we left on deliberately in the earlier step. Luckily, there was no warping in any piece after burning.

Burned wood pieces
Burned wood pieces
Wood pieces for wall art
Unburned Wood pieces for wall art

Step 8: We then sanded the unburned wood pieces down to 220 grit for finishing.

Note: Do not sand the burned wood pieces as the wood burning is only skin deep and sanding will reveal the unburned white part of the wood. Use only a wire brush to smoothen it.

sanding the wood
sanding the wood

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Step 9: Now that all the pieces were ready, we were set for the glue up. Before doing the glue up we tried a dry fit and the pieces were joining together well.

Geometric Wood Wall Art
Dry Fit

After this we went ahead with the glue up. We glued all the pieces to the plywood base using wood glue as per the plan. We did not use any clamps because we were afraid that it might crack due to varying clamping pressure on each part. Since this was just a wall decor piece, clamping was not really a necessity.

Applying glue on wood piece
Applying glue on wood piece
Fixing wood pieces for wall art
Fixing wood pieces for wall art
Geometric Wood Wall Art
Geometric Wood Wall Art
Geometric Wood Wall Art
Geometric Wood Wall Art

Step 10: Lastly, we sanded it lightly again and applied paste wax to finish it. A water based PU would also be a good finishing choice.

Step 11: We fixed a small wall bracket behind the board for hooking it up on the wall.

DIY Burned Wood Geometric Wall Art

So, here we have the wall art we built. This is a great project for any planning to try out wood burning. If you liked this project, please pin it to your DIY/Woodworking/Home Decor Board on Pinterest.

This previous Geometric Wall Art project of ours went to the top of the r/DIY subreddit with more than 11,000 upvotes and garnered 9 awards. Check it our here- DIY Geometric Wood Wall Art

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About V Susan

Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to MellowPine. We play around with basic woodworking projects, home improvement ideas, and decor for you to try out.

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