Up­cy­cle your work­bench into a unique piece of art­work

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Turn a piece of ply­wood into a be­spoke art­work us­ing your power tools and a few other items from the hard­ware store.

Gather your sup­plies

• 1200 x 600 x 18mm ply­wood

• Plas­ter base coat com­pound

• Black ox­ide

• Pic­ture wire and hooks

You’ll also need Cir­cu­lar saw; scrap ply­wood saw guide; var­i­ous hole saws; router with guide; straight cut­ting router bits; drill; drill bits to suit router guide; wide broad­knife; belt san­der; ran­dom or­bital san­der; paint­ing pad; wa­ter-based clear coat­ing in a matt fin­ish

For you to note

When us­ing power tools, wear all safety gear re­quired and re­fer to your prod­uct in­struc­tions.

Here’s how

STEP 1 Set your cir­cu­lar saw to cut a few mil­lime­tres deep then, us­ing a saw guide made from scrap ply­wood, make mul­ti­ple cuts ran­domly across and along the ply­wood.

STEP 2 Use hole saws of dif­fer­ent di­am­e­ters to make cir­cu­lar cuts a few mil­lime­tres deep in the ply­wood.

STEP 3 To make larger di­am­e­ter cir­cles, use your router with the guide at­tached. Drill a shal­low hole in the ply to suit the lo­cat­ing pin on your router guide. Then with a straight cut bit in your router, ro­tate it around to cut a cir­cle a few mil­lime­tres deep. Use bits of dif­fer­ent di­am­e­ters to cre­ate even more va­ri­ety. STEP 4 Mix plas­ter base coat com­pound with wa­ter to a tooth­paste-like con­sis­tency. Add ox­ide to the mix, then blend thor­oughly un­til the colour is uni­form.

STEP 5 Pour mix over the ply­wood and spread us­ing a wide broad­knife. Make sure the mix fully fills all the holes and grooves in the ply­wood. Leave com­pound to set. STEP 6 Use a belt san­der fit­ted with a fine sand­ing belt to re­move the ex­cess plas­ter com­pound on the ply­wood un­til you get back to the tim­ber. If you don’t have a vac­uum for dust ex­trac­tion do this out­side, as it will be very dusty.

STEP 7 Switch to a ran­dom or­bital san­der, which is less pow­er­ful, to fur­ther smooth the tim­ber and com­pound fill­ing all the cuts and grooves. Re­move dust.

STEP 8 Use a paint pad to ap­ply 3 coats of clear coat­ing to the ply­wood, leav­ing it to dry af­ter each coat.

STEP 9 At­tach pic­ture wire to the back of your art­work, then hang us­ing a hook sys­tem to suit your type of wall – brick or plas­ter­board. MAKE A BOW SAN­DER Need to sand shaped work or get into a tight cor­ner? A handy tool to have when these jobs pop up is a bow san­der, and you can make one in just a few min­utes. Take a short length of 42 x 19mm pine, then glue and screw a short block to each end. Cut a strip off a sand­ing belt, place it over the ends of the blocks and se­cure it by screw­ing 2 more lit­tle blocks into the end blocks. FOR PROJECT SUP­PLIES, SEE OUR STOCK­ISTS PAGE

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