In this project I just wanted to have a little fun with a Walmart wood crate. For some time now I had my tool slaying around everywhere so I decided it's time for them to have a "home" so here it is. I hope you enjoy it!
Things you will need:
- Wood Crate
- 60 grit sand paper
- Paper stencil of your choice
- Razor blade
- Punch tools
- Torch or a heat gun
- Wood stain
- Tung Oil
Step 1: Sanding Rough Edges
First of all I needed to sand the rough edges on that crate, with a 60 grit paper, just to make it look a little cleaner.
Step 2: Paper Stencil
I just printed out what I wanted to write on my crate and taped it to the box. P.S. "DIY Tools" in 150 point font.
Then I took a razor blade and cut hard through the paper to retrace my design to the wood. It's a very soft wood so the whole thing was easy to do.
Step 3: Punch Tools
At first I was going to carve out the words but then saw that my carving tool very all dull from another project ( carving a jack rabbit on my 22LR rifle stock) So I decided to go with a cheep solution of just punching the design in. I used punch tools I had laying around but I could have use just about anything, like: nails, screwdriver, knife, or anything small enough in diameter for the job. Took me about 5-7 min to do.
Step 4: Distress by Fire!
I was too lazy to go to the store and get a propane torch so I just used a heat gun at a 1100 F to give that crate a little bit of a distressed look. Just for fun. Time spent about 20-25 min.
Step 5: Wood Stain
As you can see I used a wood stain to get rid of the lame white color of that crate. I like to see a deeper and richer colors and have a deeper wood grain popping out. I think it worked out pretty well, but that's not all! Hold on and see the last step...
Step 6: Tung Oil Finish
This finish I found on amazon and decided to give it a try. From what I understand it will protect the wood and "seal" it from water damage and just handling. I have never used it before, so time will tell if it works. On the box it says to put 2 coats of oil with 24 hours in between.
OK guys, this is it, so I hope you liked my little fun project and if you have any questions go ahead and send me a message, I would be glad to help you out!
p.s. also check out my other Instructables!