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How to make "Wood Stars" .

teacher avatar Amber Seymour, Urban Timber Revival

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction & Overview

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Making the Cut!

    • 4. Sanding

    • 5. Optional: Distressing with Paste Wax

    • 6. Painting and Paint Choice

    • 7. Distressing Part II

    • 8. Assembly

    • 9. Hanging Options

    • 10. Ending Remarks & Class Wrap up

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About This Class

This is an introductory woodworking project that will  teach you how to build a basic "snowflake" or  "star" structure. It is a a project that can be adapted to different holidays (think pin wheels for summer, snow flakes for Christmas or patriotic stars for the 4th of July!).   With a simple change of color, these can be built for nearly every season.    In addition, this class will teach you "distressing" techniques for an aged look.

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Amber Seymour

Urban Timber Revival


Hello, I'm Amber.

I live in the PNW with my family.   I love taking scrap wood, furniture, or other discarded items and creating beautiful artwork and seasonal items.  I love teaching basic woodworking skills to the every day crafter!


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1. Introduction & Overview: in this class, you'll learn some very basic woodworking skills to create thes beautiful stars or snowflakes, depending on the season. My name is Amber. I live in Kirkland, Washington, with my family. And I love to take any up Cycled old would in turn it into beautiful art such as this piece you see here. So today we are going to start with a beginner project, these stars and I hope you have fun. 2. Materials: Welcome to this class, everyone, Before we get started, I want to touch on materials. So this is a woodworking projects. You're going to need some basic tools. I have my miter saw actually have this one in a big one. So you might see me flipping between the two. Depending on powdery life. I've got my safety glasses, a dust mask and ear protection. Very important. So to make these snowflakes, you need two pieces of wood. Basically, he want something. It looks kind of rough and rustic, like I like old fence boards. Or you can get a new piece of make it look old. And then I just have this thin piece of scrap plywood that I'm gonna use for a backer just to support them. Uh, pick a few colors of paint you like. I'm gonna get a little unconventional here with my paint colors today. You need some pace wax, cause we're gonna antique thes and some stain if you want to make new would look old, So show you both ways and then I'm going to use a simple little staple done some ribbon and my Brad Naylor and Naylor works to whatever you have. All right, let's go 3. Making the Cut!: all right. Today we're gonna set our miter saw at 45 degrees, and we're just gonna leave it there. So we're gonna make our first cut to the top corner of that piece of wood and cut off that little excess piece. You can see how I've lined that up. Super simple. And then I'm going toe line up on my pieces to the edge of this yellow banding just because I want them all the same size. So I don't care what size shoes put a little mark on soft. You need Teoh or build yourself a jig. Just get all those pieces the same size. So I build in bulk so you'll see. You'll see him cutting a lot of these and we'll just finish these off and you'll see I'm left with a big pile for our project. All right. Under the next step, 4. Sanding: So the next step is just to simply sand thes. Now I am making these two look really rustic, an antique e. So I'm not going to spend a lot of time on him. I'm just basically getting off anything around the edges that would maybe causes liver. And if you have a palm Sander, this might go a little faster. I'm using something called a little zip sander. They're a little hard to find at your hardware store, but readily available on Amazon. I have found. All right, so I'm gonna finish use up and we will get to the next step. 5. Optional: Distressing with Paste Wax: Okay, so we're onto the next step, and that is putting a paste wax finish around the edges. You can totally skipped the step if you want Teoh. But this is how I ensure that you get that really rustic. Looks like it's been around for 100 years, so you can kind of see in the video there's a little sheen on the edge of the wood where I put that wax. It's basically going to act as a barrier to the wood so that the pain cannot get through that section. So I've heard of people using creative ways to do this. I've heard of people rubbing candles on the side of the wood. I've even heard of people putting vassal lean as a barrier to that would. I have not tried the vastly myself, but I'm thinking it would probably work. So get resourceful. Use what you have on hand. This is just a basic min wax pieced wax. It's what I had. If you use something really dark, it might stay in your wood or staying your pain or lift up. So probably try to stick to something a neutral color like I'm using here. Okay, This is kind of a tedious process, but we're almost to the home stretch and noticed, too. How I'm not worried about getting a straight line because of something old and rustic. It's gonna be uneven. It's gonna be messy, and you'll see that when you scrape these later, it's pretty satisfying, but it is not even. Okay, here's the very last one, and I'll get this sped up for you. Okay, there's that last little bit and we're gonna tackle all these others again. I am building in bulk. Thank goodness for time lapse. Okay. And coming up here, you're gonna see a close up. See how that's all chunky. Don't worry about that. And you can let this sit in dry for an hour if you prefer, or just get right on it with your paint. It doesn't matter. I've had the same effect doing it either way. 6. Painting and Paint Choice: So we're now at a point where all of our pieces of wood are waxed around the edges and I'm going to start applying paint and you'll see I use a lot of different colors here. But I'm starting with white. And for most P, it doesn't matter what type you use. You could use a chalk paint acrylic paint. It doesn't really matter. But when you're using white paint, you do want to be careful because you're would has natural tannins in it that tend toe lift through the white paint. So it might look great today, and then you'll come back tomorrow, and it's really yellowed or even brown, and it just really ruins your piece. So at the hardware store, like a Home Depot or Lowe's, just grab a paint right off the shelf that has a stained blocker and a primer built in, and that will ensure you just get a nice look. And I often use paint has given to me. Um, that, luckily, has had that in there. But you don't have to buy a special brand or an expensive brand. Just get those two pieces in there. This stain blocker with primer for your darker pieces. It won't matter so much of that a little bit that tan and looks through. It just adds to the rustic look. It doesn't turn yellow like the white paint does. So you can see I am just kind of slopping this on there. It's okay if it's any even not perfect, because again, we're going for a age to look on these. Okay, so I'm going to speed this up, and as you can see, I've moved over to some red chalk pain, and I'm just doing a light touch. I really don't want to move that wax around too much and some of its kind of chunky. I don't want to get a lot of that on my brush, So we're gonna finish this up and then I will show you what it looks like. So now we're going to get up close view of the painting handiwork here so you can see it's not perfect. I didn't take a lot of care on the edges. In fact, he concedes, some drips there, and that's OK because I want things to look old. Think if you took down Grandma's old fence, it's been sitting there for 50 years. You knock it down and it's all chippy and old. That's what I wanted to look like. And you can see some of that wax lifting and some chunks there. Don't even worry about that. We're gonna scrape this once. It's dried completely, and that will come right off. 7. Distressing Part II: All right, so now it's time to start Distressing. I've already got a little start here, but you can see where I put the wax underneath that pain. I'm simply scraping it and it comes right off. And the tool I'm using is actually a paint trim guard for when you're painting the trim inside your home. But it has just such a nice, stiff edge. It just really works nice for this. But if you don't have one, you could use, like a stiff putty knife, maybe even a credit card. Anything that had a has a nice, really hard edge on it will do the trick because really having that wax underneath there. This paint lifts very easily. And if you look to the left of the ones every scrape you can tell. I used wood from different sources because underneath it all looks a little different. If you wanted a more uniform look, you could have probably stayed all of that before we started this process. So I do kind of scrape my work pensions. I go. I just don't want that wax. I'm scraping off to stick to the backside of any of the other pieces so just kind of do a quick little clean with each piece, and we're gonna start piecing this together. And it's good to do this before you start gluing it down because you want to make sure that what you've done is uniform. She can see here. That piece was not as distresses the other, so it is going to give it a little more screaming. All right, so that's how it will look. And again takes a little work to get these put back together correctly sometimes. All right, there we go. So now that you've seen one, I'm just gonna speed this process up a little bit and he can see how these different colors lift up are gonna build these. So that was the light blue, and you can do the super heavy. If you really don't like that really super distress. Look, you don't have to do that wax process. You could just do a light sanding or even leave it how it is. A few more of these. We're moving on to Christmas and again. That's what I love about this project. You just paint these different colors and you can do them for any holiday. So I do patriotic. I do Christmas, I do the fall ones, just anything. So here's a quick little close up and our Christmas one. It's a pretty heavy touch I did on that one, and we'll move on to the next step. 8. Assembly: so we've reached a point where it's time to start putting these together. So I just had a little piece of scrap plywood. As long as it's large enough for all these pieces to connect on it, that's good enough, and no one will see this. So don't worry, really about your backer again. This is for stability and maybe putting your hanging hardware on. So I'm going toe measure. Quite a few these sensory are building in bulk, and we'll come over here and cut a few of these babies so you can see that's about 1/2 inch thick again, just enough to give stability to your star and through the magic of editing. I now have a pile there, so let's get building. So I'm now going to take the star that we worked on and flip it over because we're going toe work on the back of this. So once you have everything flipped over, we're going to start gluing it together in quarters First, she just wants move that glue on there. You want a generous amount because this is really what's going toe. Hold it together once it's dry, but not so much. It seeps through the other side. So I'm going to use a staple gun just to hold it together until it dries. I don't really rely on the Staples toe. Hold it in the long term, but it makes it much easier to put it together and hold everything tight until the glue does its magic. So again, we're just gonna go through each quarter here. And this is where it's really important that you matched up the width of your would. Because if you had a really thick piece, nothin peace. Once you went here to staple it together, that's where you'd run into trouble. So if you are working with scrap of various wigs, kind of match him up before you start building them, as you can tell here, I'm working with several different defenses with different colors. Okay, this is the last one, and then we're just gonna go through this entire process again. So we're gonna take the glue and then glue those 4/4 together. Nice, perfect fit here. Okay, so now that we have everything, there were just gonna staple these. And don't worry about the gauge of your staple gun again. This is temporary. And if you're staple doesn't go all the way in, just finish it off with a hammer. So now that we have the basic structure Bill, you can see it's a little wobbly that you can tell what it will look like. And we're gonna flip this back over and just put that little piece of wood on the back for stability. Now you are going to see me nail this down with a Brad Naylor. If you don't have a Brad Naylor, if you just glue this down and put something heavy on top of it, If you have a nice with blue, it will do. The trick is old, but for speed I'm going to nail these down so I can flip him over, insure you So I'd give that in about an hour to dry. So I'm going to speed this up for you and just show you a few more for practice here and you can see I'm working on some patriotic pieces. I just love doing all the holidays so you can see once you get a rhythm going, they go really fast. Okay, this is the last one. This is optional, But if you want to shoot it down with some poly acrylic or some spar urethane. If it's outside, just give you a little protection. Although I beat these up so bad, I don't know that whether can to much worse to them all right, under the next step. 9. Hanging Options: So the last step is to put a piece of hanging hardware on there. I like these little saw tooths because you can just hammer right into the back and you're done. But if you don't have those, just take a little piece of ribbon or twine and just loop it with a little not and then stapler right in the back. And that will do just fine. All right, I'll see you at the conclusion. 10. Ending Remarks & Class Wrap up: So your class project, you guessed it is to build your own star. So I hope you've enjoyed this class. I hope you learn some basic woodworking skills to give you some confidence to try this and please upload your project. I would love to see what you've done. Enjoy.