DIY Wall Art: Reclaimed Wood Cut-Out with a Picture within

DIY Wall Art: Reclaimed Wood Cut-Out with a Picture within

This time I wanted to try something
different and make an animal shaped cut-out into reclaimed wood and place a
picture within. It was a really fun project and I think this whole art came
out pretty cool. For this project I’ll try to use just a couple of power tools:
a jigsaw and a drill. So, let’s get started. While cleaning out the basement
I noticed a bunch of pine wood flooring boards that stayed there for a long time. So, I picked up one board, in fact half of it and decided to make a wall art. I took
my jigsaw and cut five pieces around 32 centimeters long. I didn’t pay too much
attention to the cuts, because later I’ll make another cut to the right angle. Then,
I’d join these five pieces together with a wood glue. They have tongue and groove joints, which is great, so I applied a generous amount
of wood glue without reinforcing them additionally. A few clamps are just enough to make a
strong connection. To flatten the surface, I clamped a scrap wood in the middle
across the piece.s I left them to dry overnight before moving on to the next
step. The next day I drew squared lines onto this wooden piece and cut
it again with a jigsaw. But this time I clamped a wooden strip as a guide in
order to make straight lines. Further, I found a few pine strips out of which
I’ll make a frame, and cut them to size with a handsaw. The frame will give a
completed look to the entire piece of art. Also, I took a fiberboard, placed the pine board above to trace its outline, and cut
it with a handsaw as well. In fact, this fiberboard piece will serve as a backing
board and will stay behind the cut-out with a picture attached to it. You can
find all the dimensions and details on my website article. The link is in the
video description. Now, I’m ready to make the cut-out in the middle of the pine
board. I downloaded a bear outline from Pixabay website. They offer more than
million photos, vectors and illustrations which you can download and
use for free. Hence, I cut the bear following the lines, and then trace the
outline onto the back of the wooden board, making sure the lines don’t touch
any knot, because it can easily fall out and ruin the shape that I want to get. I
raised the board by placing it onto a few scrap wood pieces, so that when I cut
with the jigsaw the blade won’t damage the table surface. To make my life easier,
I drilled as many holes as possible with a 12 millimeters bit, which is enough to
fit the jigsaw blade. This way I don’t have to make too many curved cuts with
the jigsaw. Then, I started cutting. Making these cuts was very fast and easy. Moving slowly, I tried to keep the blade closer to the line from the inside, in order to
avoid mistakes. When I was done cutting, I removed the cut out, and took a rasp to
finish the form. The rasp did a really good job helping
me emphasize all the details of the bear. Once I’m done with the rasp, I can sand
all the pieces with a sanding block. First I took an 80 grit sandpaper, and
then continued with 120 grit, until the surface became smooth and uniform.
Instead of gluing the frame, I decided to secure it with some screws. So, the last
thing I need to do before staining is to countersink holes in the pieces which
I’ll use to make the frame. Now, let’s move on to the most satisfying part of
any project – staining. Walnut stain for the cu-tout board is exactly what I was
looking for. It brings out the natural wood grain, creating a beautiful rustic
look. For the frame, I chose an ebony stain which I didn’t like at all. After
applying a second coat of the stain it was still too light, so I ended up
spray-painting it with a black spray paint. Surprisingly, the black color
turned out to be a perfect match for the walnut stain. Next, I can attach
everything together. I placed the cut-out board onto two layers of fiber board,
because I need to leave enough space for the backing board and for the hanger. Then, I clamped down the black pieces,
creating a frame and inserted some screws to secure them well. I really like
the exposed screws, I think there are a nice addition to the frame. Onto the
fiber board, I’m going to attach a landscape illustration which I also
downloaded from Pixabay. I positioned the picture in the right place, and to make
it easily replaceable I attached it with a tape. It won’t be visible anyway.
Finally, I can put the backing board and secure it in place with glazier points
which can be bent easily in case you need to switch out the artwork. Lastly, I
marked the point where I’ll place a D-ring picture frame hanger,
pre-drilled a hole, and attached it with a screw. What’s left to do is to hang
this piece of art onto the wall. I think it turned out amazing. Starting from the
bear cut-out, the picture within, to the color combination I like every part of
it. Thanks for watching! If you like this wall art give me a thumbs up, leave a
comment below, and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already!

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  1. I like all of your videos sososo much and I am hoping that you will upload many of them! I hope you can increase your audience to get the respect you deserve

  2. Amazing project. My opinion is for the next time try to put hidden led lights inside the frame. Congratulations again. Panos from Rhodes island of Greece

  3. Another great project !!! Thank you. You’re Awesome. Keep going. Greetings from Mexico. 😍❤️❤️😍👍👍

  4. It’s nice but I wish the frame was wider. It looks too thin for such thick, substantial art work. Otherwise I love everything else about it.

  5. You are a hero for cutting that bear out using a drill, jig saw and a file. I applaud you!

  6. Does anyone else thinks she kinda sounds like Gru from the Minions movie. But a female Gru 🤷‍♀️. Not a bad thing at all, just noticing similarities 😆

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