Welcome back and again sorry for taking so long to get this post out. After my hand healed I was really backed up on some other projects. I’m almost caught up and will post some of those projects on my page in the next couple of days.
When we left off we had all the sanding done and are ready for staining and finishing. I’m making two of these frogs, one that will need staining and one out of exotic wood so everyone can participate in this project. We will go over staining next.
I’m using poplar for my piece that will need staining and this is what I came up with after sanding and shaping it.
There is plenty of different stains available from different outlets. The greens, blues, bright reds are a little harder to find and you might have to order them online. I have, in the past, used food dye mixed with water as a stain. Just put a little food dye in water and start testing it on your scraps adding more dye to achieve the color you’re looking for. I have also used water based paint in the same way.
I used regular stains for this piece because I had them and they are much easier to use. After drying I checked to make sure that the color was what I wanted.
Ok, for those of you using exotic wood, it’s time to rejoin us. I changed it up on this one and used two types of finish for this one. Usually you would attach your backer board at this point, but because of the two finishes I put those on first. What I was trying to achieve was a regular satin finish on the branch so it would not be real glossy. I used high gloss on the frog because I wanted it to look wet (like a frog). I use a polyurethane finish for both.
I put three coat of each type and lightly sanded with 320 grit between coats.
Like I said before the next two steps are usually done before putting your finish on, but we changed it up on this one.
Next we need to glue our piece together, I use CA glue with an accelerant. It is very convenient because you can place you pieces together after putting you glue on and make sure they are in proper placement before spraying the accelerant to dry the glue. I prefer to use the thick CA glue, but you do have a choice of medium, thin, or gel. Be very careful not to drip any of the glue on the face of you piece because you have already done your finish.
At this point your piece is very fragile so be very careful placing it on your backer board. You can use plywood or anything that is strong and about 1/8 thick. I like to use tempered service board for all of my projects. After placing you piece on you backer board I will trace around it with a pencil.
I will then highlight it with a sharpie so I can see it better while cutting.
I will then cut the backer board out making sure to cut inside the traced line 1/8 inch to make sure it does on show from the front.
Here is your finished backer board.
Again, very carefully put your piece back on you backer board to insure that it fits and does not stick out anywhere. After that you can start gluing them together. I use regular wood glue for this.
If I have already put a finish on at this point I will cover it with cellophane to make sure nothing sticks to the finish if there is any area that might be a little tacky.
I will then cover it with a towel to add padding so your clamps will not gouge your wood. I use spring clamp in varying sizes to clamp the backer board to your piece.
Let it dry overnight and then you are ready to put your hanger on. This is a fairly small piece so I only used one hanger on the back instead of picture frame style. Doing this you will need to make sure to get the hanger in the right place so your piece will not hang lopsided. Take you thumb and forefinger and let the piece hang, then move them until the piece is level. Where you finger is where you place your hanger.
At this point we are FINISHED!!! Here are examples of both projects
I want to thank all of you for following along and making this project. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of this art form and making these pieces as I do. This is a basic project and the more you do, your imagination will take over and each piece will take on a life of its own. Thanks again and happing cutting.
-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory