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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Build Video of the Geometric Wall Art
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Things You Need For This Build
- 1 x 2 Furring Strips- 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
Plan for the Geometric Wall Art
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 Build The Wood Burned Geometric Wall Art
Step 1: We used 1 x 2 furring strips for building this wall art. Those are available on Home-depot (Buy here). We already had 2 x 2 '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 1 x 2 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.
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 17" x 26" rectangular piece from the sheet of plywood. The size of the wall art is 18" x 27" so the base plywood piece (17" x 26") 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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