When I began my new wood carving, I knew there were going to be a few things I had to learn…
I knew I was going to have to carve wooden sign into wood. This was my first time trying to carve out an entire wood sign with wooden handle. After I saw a lot of other people in the area carving out wood signs and decided how awesome it was, I decided to try it. So I put the idea in my head to find out how I could make it look the best I could with the time and resources I had.
First I had to research what kind of materials I would have to work with. I did some research, read the instructions, looked at pictures, and went through a few different types of pieces to find the ones I needed to use. For the sign I ended up using 8 1/2 by 18 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ birch plywood. I figured that since I had to have a way to tie it with a knot and tie off, it would be the best material to use.
I found some pictures online that showed how to make the knots and I decided it was going to be easier to simply make one for myself. So I did it the way I wanted. I used pine glue to attach the knot into the plywood at one end and also to tie the knot at the other end. After I glued the knots I used tape to help it look nice on the piece. The pieces were made the same way and were painted on the same day. I also got a small vase and a bottle of paint to paint off so that I can get back to carving… I haven’t been able to get back to carve in 3 months!
I got all of my tools at Lowe’s. For my saw and pliers I bought the Lowe’s 12″ by 18″ by 1 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and the Lowe’s 12.5″ by 18″ by 1 7/8″ saw. To attach the two pieces I used 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ glue to secure them and 2″ x 18″ screws to attach the one end to the plywood.
If you were looking at my work before this… it was quite different. I had a 3 1/2″ x 12″ piece I carved in just a day, but I had only used 2″ x 16″ lumber by the end of it.
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