With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve been working on some simple updates to my winter decorations. It’s helpful to create items that can be used through the holidays and after. I was able to make this simple wood centerpiece in about 30 minutes with just a few simple tools.
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- COUNTERSINK DRILL BIT
- DRILL BIT
- SANDER OR SANDPAPER
- ANTIQUING WAX
- 1x10x8 COMMON BOARD
- FELT CIRCLES (to protect your table surface)
- PROTECTIVE GLOVES
- BLUE SHOP TOWELS
CUT YOUR BOARD TO SIZE
You will need to cut your board to the length you would like it to be. I cut mine on my miter saw, but Home Depot or Lowe’s will cut a board for you for free in the lumber section. Look around in the lumber section, sometimes there are pre-cut project boards available to purchase as well.
Sand your board smooth on both sides and the edges. This will remove rough spots and the mill grain.
MEASURE AND DRILL YOUR HOLES
Honesty, this is the most difficult part of the project. Take your time and measure twice to make sure it is accurate. Measure the height of your board, and mark a center line on both ends. Then measure in 1.5 inches from each and and mark a strait line to keep your handles parallel with the end of the board. Next, measure the distance between the center of the holes on your handles. Divide that measurement in two. Using that measurement, place a mark for your upper and lower holes for your handle from the center line.
Before you drill the hole, line up your handle next to the marks to be sure it looks right. Then drill your hole through the board. Use a drill bit that is slightly larger than your screw. Here’s a picture of the underside of my board.
Test your holes to make sure everything lines up before you drill your countersink. Flip the board so the bottom is facing up. Place your counter sink bit into your drill. Then place the tip of your countersink bit into the drilled hole and drill and opening for you screw head.
Then lightly sand over the drilled areas to remove any rough spots.
APPLY YOUR FINISH
Antiquing wax has such a pretty finish on raw pine. I often use this method with my wood projects. Wearing rubber gloves, dip a blue shop towel into the wax and apply it to your wood. Cover an entire side of the board. Then using a clean towel wipe the extra wax off in long even strokes in the direction of the grain. Repeat this step for the other side of the board and the ends. Let the board dry for several hours or over night. Then you can add your handles to the board.
ADD GREENERY, PINE CONES AND VOTIVE HOLDERS
Apply protective felt circles to each corner of the underside of the board to protect your table.
Now you can add some greenery. I cut some branches from my arborvitae in my backyard. Then I added my votive holders and some pine cones. That’s it. Now you can enjoy your beautiful wood centerpiece all winter.
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