Square Wooden Wall Art Challenge; Buffalo Check 3D Wood Art

Square Wooden Wall Art Challenge; Buffalo Check 3D Wood Art

– Check out the new kid on the block. Get it? Blocks? (bright music) Hey Remodelaholics, welcome
back to our channel. Today we are going to show you how to make this awesome wood art made mostly from scraps in our garage. And the bonus is that
there are 33 other vloggers that are joining us in a
special wood art challenge, and we are going to have
a really fun playlist. Maybe not 33, but some really cool great ideas for making
wood art for your house. My husband and I worked on
this for just a couple days. He is going to show you
how to cut the wood, then I’m gonna paint
it and put it together, and he’s gonna put the frame on. And let’s go to there. – I went around the shop, and I gathered some wood for this square project. I’m going to make them
square, so I’m going to take the table saw and I’m going to rip it down to the size of a two-by-two. So one and a half inches
by one and a half inches. Because I ripped it on the table saw I have these really sharp corners. I’m just gonna take a
sander and sand ’em off. Okay, so here’s the layout. The white ones are going to
be an inch and a half tall, the gray ones are gonna be one inch tall, and then the black ones are
going to be at half an inch. I’m going to carefully set this up on the miter saw and cut
out all these little pieces. I actually found when I’m cutting this if I put a little pressure
this way when I cut, and then bring it up
with pressure this way, then this little piece doesn’t kick out. If the blade’s putting
pressure against that, it’s gonna kick it out. So that’s one little
tip as you’re cutting. Okay, so I’ve got this
belt sander right here. It’s benchtop. It’s going to be really nice. I’m just gonna go over here like this and turn this on, sand off these edges just a little bit so they’re not so flat, kind of soften it up. And I’m going to do that
with all the pieces. If you don’t have one of these, that’s okay, you can sand ’em by hand. Just get a little sanding block, sand over the edges. Let’s see how fast I can do all these tiny blocks on this. Ready, set, go. (sander buzzing) The next step is going to be cutting out the back that all these blocks are getting glued to. This is a piece that I’ve had in the shop. This is about 24 inches wide, and all I need is 22 1/2 by 22 1/2. I’m going to cut it with my circular saw, because it’s quite a big piece. And then I’m gonna go and
take it on the table saw and just finish squaring it up. I’ve got all my blocks here. I’ve got my half inch, my one inch, and my inch and a half blocks. Gonna lay ’em out on this grid and see how it looks. – [Cassity] All right, now
that we know that this is full, I’m gonna separate all
the pieces by height. And then I am going to paint it with this paint that I just used on our back patio, because I’m
thinking of putting this on the back patio. So this will be, like,
the solid black color, and then we’re gonna mix some, I’m gonna stick it in here, with some of the white for a, like, either half
or one-third color of this, and then white. So those will be the three colors. I think I’m gonna go with this option, because then if we hang
this on the outside wall, it will pop a little bit more than if the main color is on top. – [Justin] I think I like that. – [Cassity] Okay, so this is
the one we’re gonna go with. I really like the end grain on the wood, so I don’t want to lose that. I think what we’re gonna do is I have a wet washcloth here, so I painted the top, and then I just wiped it really quickly with the rag. And then you can see the grain. So this is almost like
staining with paint, but not, it’s gonna
hopefully be more intense in the color, because we haven’t
added water to the paint. So the goal, what I’m doing is I’m just painting on the paint,
and then wiping it off so you can see the end grain. I’m hoping it’s dark enough. What we might have to do, like
a really light version of it. I am painting the white blocks now, and I have been testing
it out a little bit. I’m gonna end up having
to do at least two coats. Okay, so mostly I want it white, but I want a little bit of grain showing. So if you look at… these ones have been painted twice. This one… this one has only been painted once, and so it is too opaque. We need it to be a little more white so that there’s a good amount of contrast. I’ve gotta paint the sides here too, especially because the sides
are going to be showing where the dark ones were the shortest version of the blocks, and
so they weren’t showing, but this one I paint it, and then I have to replace the rag or turn it over a couple times, because it’s kind of more I’m stamping off the paint than rubbing as much with the before because I want the paint to mostly remain and just see a little bit of the grain. When you’re painting,
just make sure you don’t leave any big rolls of
paint on any of the edges. There are edges everywhere
along this block, so you’ve gotta be really careful to check the corners on every edge. This is not the greatest wood grain one. – [Justin] Look at all these colors. – [Cassity] Okay, we’re gonna start our first line with some glue. And according to the diagram, we’re going to start with a white block in the corner. So I’m gonna get some on there so it
kind of moves around, stick it into the corner. In this whole row, it’s just gonna be blue, white, blue, white, blue, white. I’m just gonna get started and we’ll kind of check
squareness once we get the blocks on before the glue dries. Okay, so we have the first row on. It is being glued as we speak. It’s not like it needs to
be clamped or anything. We’re just gonna let it sit here and dry, so that this row is nice and square, and the following rows will line up with that. Now that this is all dry, I’m gonna go ahead and
move this over here. So this will act as this board was acting, and then this will just keep the top row, and we should be nice and square. With every white, it’s
gonna be surrounded by the medium color, and the medium color is going to have the dark color. Okay, so I’m just working
on adding the blocks. The one thing you need to check is that the grain is sort of changing direction every once in a while, so that they’re not all straight up and down. I’m giving this a little bit of interest. A lot of times I’ll put the block down and sort of wiggle it, and then kind of push it into place. I don’t actually want it to be totally set right away, and I’ll show
you why in one second. Now that I have this, I’m gonna move the board that I’ve been using, and I’ll stick it over
here and kind of wiggle this last row and maybe
the second row over, just spacing it so that
this line stays straight. Otherwise, there’s enough
variation between the blocks that it’ll get really off. So just kind of by pushing
it back against this line it’s keeping it relatively straight. – [Justin] All right, so Cassity got everything glued in place. Now it’s my turn again to take this a little but further and frame it. We’re going to frame it
with a one-by-four frame all the way around, on all four sides. We’re just gonna leave the wood raw, so it kind of lets the color stand out. (bright music) (sawing) We’ve got all the frame pieces cut. We’ve got four of ’em. I did the inside dimension
a little bit bigger than 22 1/2, so I’m gonna
nail the frame together, and then I’m gonna slide it over the top. Before I do that, I’m gonna
take this little sanding block, 100-grit sandpaper, and
just trim off some… some of the miter cuts. I’m gonna glue the corners, and I’m gonna nail ’em with a brad nailer. (bright music) Awesome. So that fits. Going to pop this off, let this frame dry, and then we can go hang it up. While that’s drying, I’m gonna
flip this over and set up how we’re gonna hang it. We’re gonna drill a couple
of screws into it like this and take some wire across it. (bright music) I’m gonna attach this
frame now that it’s dried. I’m gonna go through the biggest block. All right, there we have it. It’s all done, ready to be hung on a wall. So I’m gonna go do that right now. – All right, so there it is. We really like it, it’s
gonna be on our back patio. We are doing a makeover on the back patio in the next couple months,
so be on the lookout for those videos. Please be sure to check out the rest of the wood art challenge
playlist right here, and we also have another
wall art challenge here. And don’t forget to subscribe. And we will see you later. Bye, guys.

11 thoughts on “Square Wooden Wall Art Challenge; Buffalo Check 3D Wood Art

  1. Turned out awesome! Nice little tip about leaning the blade to avoid throwing the little piece 😀👍 Also when you have all the painted blocks laid out it's like a whole bunch of delicious looking forbidden snacks!!

  2. It looks like plaid! I wasn't sure at the beginning how I felt about the shades of green used, but now I'm 100% on board (hehe). Well done!

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