OPP March 2019

This month’s episode of OPP, Other People’s Projects, include projects by:

Lydia Chooser: Car Bed

Terry Krauter: Shut the Box game. Plan by Steve Ramsey and Router Pantograph by Mattias Wandel. Terry’s Website

Phill Gavin: Intarsia Cross, pattern by Kathy Wise.

Kurt Tuttle:  Broken of Downtown sign. Psalm 122:1 (NIV) I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Tim Bernico: Rottweiler Intarsia.

Claudio Nestor Rodriguez: Mobile with Sealife. Claudio’s Channel 

Max Reid: Intarsia Indian and Clock.

Farhad Rhamani:  Stage Coach, Elk, Eagle.

If you have a project you would like me to share on OPP, send me an email!



Makers Rock Album Art Collaboration 2019

I am part of the Makers Rock Album Art Collaboration this year! We are all choosing an album and remaking the cover! I have chosen the album Simple, Not Easy by My Torn Genes. This is my son’s band!!!  🙂

I am making the album cover out of wood, making some parts intarsia, using the wood burner, and routering other parts. The woods I used are pine, padauk, walnut, holly, and poplar. I also used acrylic paints, walnut danish oil, and Bartley Gel Stain Clear Coat.

Here is a link to the playlist of everyone’s video in the collab. Makers Rock 2019

Psalm 25:16-18 (ncv) Turn to me and have mercy on me, because I am lonely and hurting. My troubles have grown larger; free me from my problems. Look at my suffering and troubles, and take away all my sins.

My Torn Genes

Intarsia of Faithful and True’s Horse

I have an intarsia pattern by Judy Gale Roberts, link to the pattern is below, that I have been wanting to make. I had one board of Aspen and it was enough for the pattern. I did end up making the nostril and eyeball with ebony and the ear with Myrtlewood though. I did a few new things on this project. I used a Dremel to make some hair marks in the mane and smaller hairs around the horses head. And I also prefinished the pieces before gluing everything together. I really like the looks of the wood after applying the finish this way. I will do it that way again.

I found this great verse to go on the back: Revelation 19:11 (NCV) Then I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. The rider on the horse is called Faithful and True, and he is right when he judges and makes war.

So I am calling this piece Faithful and True’s Horse. 🙂

Here are links to most things that I used in the video. Some are affiliate links and some are not. So if you’re curious about something I used click away. Or send me an email if you have questions about something else!

Protect Life Masks

Get 30% off with the code: PROLIFE30

Here is a link to the mask I am wearing

Rapid Resizer

3M 77 Super Multipurpose Adhesive Spray

Titebond Original Wood Glue

Olson Scroll Saw Blades

Flying Dutchman Spiral Blades

Pegas Modified Geometry Pinless Scroll Saw Blades Variety Intro Pack

100, 150, 220 grit sandpapers

Carbon paper

Peel and Stick Walmart

Peel and Stick Amazon

Pattern by Judy Gale Roberts

Dremel 200

Cut off disk for Dremel


Krylon Triple Thick clear at Walmart

Hegner Multimax 22V Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Wood burner

Transfer technique Videos:                                                                                              Transferring letters to wood                                                                                                                How did you put that on there? The transfer techniques I use

New Century Version Bible


Intarsia Tip- When you’ve forgotten to add the hanger.

I like to add the hanger to the back of my intarsia piece before I glue it to the backer board, but sometimes I forget. It is difficult to hammer those little nails into the backer while trying to protect your intarsia. I have split pieces of my intarsia and have knocked some loose while hammering in those little nails that come with the hangers. I discovered using little screws instead of the nails works very well. The only problem is the little screws are too big to fit into the predrilled holes of the saw toothed hangers. But, if you use a 3/32 drill bit you can enlarge the holes just enough to allow the screws to fit. So if you forget to add your hanger before you glue then try this!

3/32 drill bit

Picture hanger small

Woodpile Fun! 8mm mini screws at Hobby Lobby


Vinyl Stencil, Painted Inspirational Sign

My friend has an awesome saying and she asked if I could make it into a small sign. This video is how I went about making the sign.

The first attempt I messed it up so I tried it again. I used my silhouette machine and cut the saying out on some vinyl. I removed the letters using a dental explorer, used a piece of Peel and Stick to transfer the remaining vinyl to my piece of board, then painted it with white acrylic paint. I painted it three times, blotting just a small amount of paint on the project each time and waiting for it to dry between coats. This made all the difference in the world for bleeding under the vinyl! Thank you to everyone who gave me that bit of advice! Then when the final coat was dry I peeled off the vinyl. I added a verse to the back and since this is for my very good friend I chose Philippians 1:3 (NCV) which says, “ I thank my God every time I remember you…” (I will leave a link to a video showing how I do this transfer technique.)

When I prepared the back I messed up some of the paint on the front. So I had to go back with a small brush and touch up those areas. Lastly, I added some boards around the perimeter so that it looks like a small box.

Links for two transfer videos: Transferring letters to wood and How did you put that on there? The transfer techniques I use

I wanted to let you know I’ve put links to some of the things I used in this video right here for you. Some are affiliate links and some are not. So if you’re curious about something I used click away. Or send me an email if you have questions about something!

Acrylic paint

Arteza products: Arteza Self Adhesive Vinyl 12X12″ – Assorted Colors (42 Sheets) 

Arteza-Detail Paint Brush (Set of 15) 

Vinyl Tool kit

Sea sponges (pack of 12)

OPP February 2019

On today’s episode of OPP I am sharing projects from:

Kurt Tuttle (Tut’s Stuff): Routered signs: My Way and The Highway and Our Kids Have Paws  

Sandra Morales: First ever intarsia, Moon and Sun

Hămįd Məđđāh: Wooden trucks, tractors and guitar pencil holder His Facebook page

Farhad Rahmani: Scrolled symbol and intarsia Fish

Ron Gallata: Intarsia Bull Rider

Owen Morse: Cat House and Drink Carrier

Steve Frum : Eagle and Dragon Clock

Ron Ostromecki: Intarsia Cute Kitty and Scrolled Valentine’s Day Gift

Richard Ostromecki: Scrolled Valentine’s Day Gift

If you would like to share an item on OPP please send me an email, Facebook message, Twitter tweet, Instagram gram or whatever!

I would love to see and share what you’ve made!



Vinyl Stencil Sign, my first attempt

I have seen these neat painted signs all over the place and watched a video on how to do it. Instead of using vinyl letters you remove the letters and make a stencil with the remaining vinyl. In this video I try it. I messed up a few times but ended up with something that I like. I learned a lot along the way and look forward to making more signs like this.

Arteza Self Adhesive Vinyl 12X12″ – Assorted Colors (42 Sheets)

Acrylic paints

Frosting spreader

Titebond Original Wood Glue

Sanding Detail Stick Set

Orbital sander 5”

Assorted grit hook and loop discs

Refinishing an Oak Coffee Table Top

My aunt asked me about an oak coffee table she had. We chatted about it and I offered to attempt to refinish the top for her. I picked it up and this was my first project of 2019. It took a few weeks mainly because of waiting on stuff to dry, but I got it done! Yay!!! I put a bible verse on the underside of the table top even though no one will ever see it. I chose Luke 14:15 (NCV) “Blessed are the people who will share in the meal in God’s kingdom.” I suppose folks won’t be having a meal around this table, but maybe some coffee!!!

An Experiment in Ebonizing Wood

I heard about ebonizing wood a while ago. I understand it to mean when you make a piece of wood dark, like ebony wood, by causing a chemical reaction when you place a solution (for me it was vinegar+steel wool) onto the wood. (Science of the process not mentioned or discussed, you can google that 🙂 )

The other day my neighbor mentioned ebonizing and it made me curious enough to try it out. This video is just me using the solution on a few different species of wood (cedar, maple, blue pine, juniper, walnut, and myrtlewood) and showing the results of the experiment. It was fun and interesting! I did discover that the ebonized area of the wood will sand away quite easily. So that means the wood needs to be prepared (planed or sanded down) before you apply the ebonizing solution or it will just all come off during the sanding and planing process later. Maybe the depth of ebonizing is deeper for wood that is soaked for a long time in the solution…but how long? Sounds like another experiment.

This video is quite long so here are the times for certain things if you want to skip through:

Snow Sparkling 1:26

Finally in the Shop 1:44

Applying Ebonizing Solution 3:00

Applying Tea for Tanninizing 10:11

Results 12:04

Sanding the Ebonized Areas 15:02

Routered Cabin

I got this pattern from a Facebook group and thought it would look really cool on a neat piece of birch I had.

I made this video for anyone who wants to see what I did to make this project, or for whoever wants to do some routering themselves!  

I am leaving links below to all of the things I used in the video including the link to the Facebook Group, Hand Routered Carving 4 Newbies. I recommend this group for anyone interested in doing routered carvings!

Job 12:7-10 (ncv) But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea tell you. Every one of these knows that the hand of the Lord has done this. The life of every creature and the breath of all people are in God’s hand.

Hand routered carvings 4 newbies Facebook page 

Profile bit

Some of these links are affiliate links and I will get a little monetary kickback if you click and order.

⅛ inch diameter spiral (up cut or down cut) bit with ¼” shank

Router (best price is at Harbor Freight)

Rustoleum 2x Black primer

Orbital sander

60 grit hook and loop discs

Clear Satin Polyurethane

Sanding Detail Stick Set

Blue tape