I’ve been putzing in the garage lately, getting a kick out of my new-found skill with the mitre saw.
I saw a tutorial online for making a wood star – a knock-off from Pottery Barn – and I thought I could handle it.
So I tried….
I’ve checked, double-checked, even triple checked and my angles are accurate, my lengths are right – but I cannot get this star to fit together.
I’ll show you the finished product in another post, but for now I want to show you all of the scrap wood. Granted these are scraps from wood that was already scrap (too small for larger projects), but that’s a lot of wood going to waste.
It bugged me.
I’ve also been eyeballing a tray to go on an ottoman to hold drinks, and one plan I saw had a parquet pattern…
I shuffled and futzed with the pieces to see what kind of pattern I could come up with.
This is looking promising, I hadn’t thought of a wood herringbone tray when I started out?
Once the glue had set, I cut down the sides so that my wood herringbone tray had flush ends. I liked the arrow points, so I left them in for character.
Then a good sanding and my wood herringbone tray was smooth as a baby’s bum.
I had posted some photos on Instagram as I was plugging along asking for help and advice and a reader came back and said that I needed some gold.
Not bad? I added a couple more coats to get a nice gold shine to it and then coated with varnish.
It’s cute right?
Different… but cute.
Regardless, my DIY wood herringbone tray serves a purpose – I needed a flat surface for guests to put down their drinks and I didn’t want all of that wood to go to waste.
So, if by chance, you decide to start woodworking and your projects turn out slightly less-than-perfect – hang on to the scraps!
You never know what they might accumulate to.
Have a great one!