For this project, I will be making a Home Decor shelf.
Step 1: Materials
A 2 x 4 piece of wood will work (or even a 1 x 4).
Then, all you need to do is find a piece of tree branch.
I sprayed it down the night before with insect killer. However, I got some pointers from my friends at YouTube to put it the oven for about 15 minutes. This should kill any insect.
Step 2: Cutting the Wood
I made my cut on the miter saw. This was faster for me.
Two cuts were made at 20 inches. One cut was made at 16 inches
Then I clamped them together, and took measurements. I used an addition clamp for the opposite end. I needed to make sure the spacing was consistent all the way through.
I then placed the tree branch near the gap, and then scored it with the saw blade. I took a Reciprocating Saw to cut the branch. The cut I made was 1/8-inch longer than it should have been. This way I had room to sand it down.
Step 3: Coating the Branch
Cut the twigs down to desired size.
Then sand it down to remove the rough texture and any dirt.
Mount the branch to a piece of wood. This way it can stay upright.
Next, I sealed it with a clear coat Minwax Urethane .
Step 4: Prepping and Joining
Now, sand down the wood using 120-grit sandpaper. Then, use 220 grit to complete.
I used a biscuit joiner to join the lumbers. Glue it and then clamp it. If you don't have a joiner, you can use a nail gut, dowels, or even screws.
If you use screws, just fill in the screw head before painting or staining.
Step 5: Painting and Finishing It Up
I used a white gloss multipurpose spray paint from Rust-Oleum
I applied three light coats.
Once everything was dried, I inserted the branch in the open end.
I used a nail gun to secure the branch in place. You can also use a screw here. Either way, you will have to retouch this area. If you don't mind, you can always assemble everything prior to painting and tape off the branch.
Last, but not least, attach saw tooth picture hangers. Install a few screws and hang.
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