Natural wood surrounds a tree profile in bold color for wall art you can make in a weekend.
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Cut two pieces 36 inches long from each of the following boards: the 1 x 4, 1 x 6, and the 1 x 12. Cut a single 36-inch-long piece from the 1 x 8 board.
Trim one rough end from each board and use a stop block on your saw to ensure all the boards are the same length.
Arrange the boards on a flat work surface in this order: Start at the top with a 1 x 6 followed by a 1 x 12, 1 x 4, 1 x 12, 1 x 8, 1 x 4, and a 1 x 6. Adjust the boards so the best sides face up. Use a carpenter’s square to align the ends of the boards and double-check them for length.
Glue an edge of the top 1 x 6 board and press it against the adjoining edge of the 1 x 12. Repeat for the remaining boards, working quickly before the glue starts to dry. Hold the edges together with painter’s tape until the glue has dried for at least an hour.
Download and print the Tree Silhouette Pattern. Arrange the sheets in four rows of four sheets each -- the sheets are lettered and numbered in order -- and assemble them with clear tape.
Apply spray adhesive to the back of the pattern and center the pattern on the panel.
Place a piece of scrap wood beneath the panel where there’s the tip of a branch on the pattern, and drill the hole that’s indicated. Repeat for the remaining branch tips using different drill bits as shown.
Support the panel on a pair of scrap 2 x 4s standing on edge. Using a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade, cut from the holes to the center of the tree. Then cut out the trunk. Shift the 2 x 4s as needed to make room for the blade. Remove any tape and the pattern; sand any rough cut marks and the top surface.
If any adhesive is left behind on the wood, remove it using mineral spirits and a soft cloth.
Place the wood panel with the cutout at one corner of the hardboard. Trace around the two remaining edges and cut the hardboard to size.
Paint the top face of the hardboard the color of your choice (Cherry on Top shown). Let the paint dry before attempting the next step.
Turn the wood panel over and apply a bead of construction adhesive around the design and all four edges, staying at least 1 inch away from all edges. Lay the panel on the hardboard. Gently press it in place and apply weights such as full paint cans until the adhesive cures.
Avoid pressing too hard around the pattern, which could crack the wood.
Measure the width of the panel at the top or bottom and cut two frame pieces that length from 1 x 3s. Then measure the sides of the frame and add the thicknesses of the top and bottom frame pieces. Cut the sides that length.
Paint the frame pieces the color of your choice (Ultra White shown). Use construction adhesive and nails to attach the top and bottom first. Then do the same for the sides, nailing them to the panel and top/bottom frame pieces. To hold the edges of the frame pieces in place, use strips of painter’s tape pulled tight around the corners.
Measure to find the center of the finished artwork on the back. Mark the mounting screw locations for a Hangman hanging bracket and drill pilot holes no more than 3/4-inch deep to avoid breaking through the front face of the wood panel. Screw the bracket in place.
Decide where you want to hang the art and install the other Hangman bracket to suit the location. For any holes not directly over a wall stud, add wall anchors. Slide the brackets together until they lock to hang the artwork.