|Project by maplerock||posted 11-27-2016 07:55 PM||700 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I know, there isn’t a lion, tiger, or a bear. BUT, there will be. My usual project postings are boxes. These aren’t boxes. They are wall art. I am exploring my arts side, creating pieces from scrap lumber. I have a part time job where I can get scraps of oak, ash, cherry, maple and lots of other species. The scraps are about 1/2” thick by an inch and a half wide, and 4 feet long. They’re not good for much, but I hate to see them go to waste. That’s what happens in winter when the factory workers burn it all for kindling.
I have created lots of shapes and critters already. I enjoy making them, and plan to sell a few in a springtime art show. There is no limit for my subject matter. Giant arrows, artsy fartsy shapes, whales, bears, stars, sunbursts, etc. They are edged and butted together then glued and clamped to 1/2”plywood.
I cut the plywood to the exact shape of the finished piece, then glue on the strips, alternating shades of wood. I overlap the edge of the plywood, then rout it on a table router with a flush trim bit. I sand all edges against splinters, and put a French cleat on the back for hanging. For finishing I’ve been using Danish oil or teak oil. It really makes the different shades in the wood to pop.
So, it’s fun. Will they sell? Depends upon how I price them I guess. I was thinking around $100 for the larger ones (32-36 inches wide), and less for the smaller ones. Like I said, I’ve stepped outside the box with these and I enjoy making them. I enjoy looking at the when I’m done, and I’ll enjoy putting the money in my pocket if they sell.
Sorry for the long gaps between my Lumberjocks posts. I hope to do better. Happy Holidays to all of you!
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana