Behind the scenes of a woodworking project

A remarkable finished product looks easily completed.  This post will go behind the scenes of Jeff’s process in making his wood picture and jewlery boards – it is way more intricate than I even knew!

He starts by scouring local home stores for wood (this is the part I already knew as he is constantly going to Home Depot!).  He looks for 2″ x 1.5″ poplar boards and standard cedar fence boards.  They must be straight with no warping and blemish-free.

Back at his woodshed, he cuts the wood down to size and pre-drills needed holes. He then gives them a light sanding. He assembles the edges (which become the boards’ frame) using corner clamps to make sure it forms a perfect rectangle (see picture below). He then applies glue and hammers dowels in place and lets dry for about 4 hours. Then, he sands the frame again to remove any rough edges or protruding nails/dowels, fills all cracks and crevices with wood putty and sands one last time (see picture above for completed unstained frames).

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Next, the frame is stained and left to dry one day.  Polyurethane is then applied and dries for another day. The finish is lightly sanded for a smooth feel. A second coat of polyurethane is applied with another day of drying time (see the drying in action below).

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During the drying time, Jeff cuts the cedar boards and sands them.  He then uses a router to give the boards a shiplap look.  Because cedar boards hold more moisture, he clamps them straight for up to one week.

The staining process then begins for the cedar boards with stain, dry for one day, apply a thin coat of polyurethane, dry for another day, and then lightly sand for a rustic look (see picture below).

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He then checks the fit of the cedar boards with the frame and trims if necessary.  He glues and clamps the boards to the frame and uses a brad gun to add brads for added strength. This is done from the back of the board so it is not visible from the front. Finally, he glues a stained wood block on the back of each board with a sawtooth wall hanger.  The total process takes about a week.

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If the board is intended to hold pictures, he attaches a vinyl coated wire to a flat-head screw and drills into the board through the back.

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That’s it.  Pretty intricate process to create something I’m proud to hang all over the house!

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