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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Carved Wood Farm Plaque

By: Walnut Hollow

A rustic basswood plank with bark is painted and the technique of negative-carving is used to create a message and design on the front. Give this country plaque to a grandparent or change the message as you like.

Carved Wood Farm Plaque


Materials:

  • Grandpa’s Farm Carved Plaque
  • Materials:
  • Walnut Hollow® #3510 Medium Basswood Plank
  • Walnut Hollow® #4004 Carving Set – Four Pieces
  • Pattern [pdf]
  • Brown Paint
  • Other Supplies: brush, eraser, white chalk, paper towel, pencil or stylus, sandpaper, spray varnish


Instructions:

Negative Carving: Negative Carving is done using a painted surface. The carving techniques allow the light wood color to show through the paint in the carved areas. Be sure to seal the wood after carving to protect against moisture gain and loss. The U-shaped gouges will make soft carving lines. V-shaped gouges will make sharp v-shaped lines. Both can be used for outlining or texturing within the pattern.

Practice on a scrap of wood to get used to the tools before starting the project. Do not make deep cuts. Basically only the paint and a small amount of wood are removed.
 

  1. To prepare plank for painting, use sandpaper to lightly sand surface. Remove dust with paper towel.
     
  2. Use brush to apply brown paint to center of plank. Be careful not to get paint on the bark. Let dry.
     
  3. Rub white chalk on the back of the pattern. Place pattern back on the brown paint. Trace pattern with stylus. Remove pattern.
     
  4. Use Straight Square Chisel to make a stop cut around the edge of the design. Hold chisel in a straight position and press into the wood. Make short cuts in order to follow the lines of the pattern. If the cuts need to be deeper, go over the lines a second time. The stop cut will help keep the gouges from going past the line. Use the small gouge to make most of the cuts. Work very slowly and do not press too hard.
     
  5. When complete, use eraser or damp cloth to remove any chalk marks. Apply 2-3 coats of spray varnish for protective finish.
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