I thought that this week, I would show you how to make wooden stars from scrap wood. Wooden stars are the perfect accent piece for bookshelves because you can use them any time of the year. And since we are using scrap wood to make them, you can make one for every holiday or season.
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The full Youtube video can be found a the end of this post. Happy woodworking!
How To Make Wooden Stars from Scrap Wood…
They are quite easy and can be cut with either a miter saw or a hand saw. But the best thing about this project is that you only need glue and tape to assemble them! Now, if you have seen any of my other decor projects, you know that I am a big promoter of wood glue.
I have used it, without the aid of any other joining devices to create farmhouse wood stars, easels, tabletops, and a whole slew of other woodworking projects. It has the strength of just about any screw or nail and is a very basic, but simple, skill that is used by woodworkers.
I have made these stars for my Christmas decor, for the 4th of July, and just for everyday accenting. I have used paint, glitter, decoupage, and rustic stain to get all different sorts of looks! But, I have digressed long enough. What you want to know is how to complete these. So let’s move on.
For this project, you will need
- (5) 1″ x 4″ boards cut to 8″ in length.
- wood glue
- masking tape
- finish of your choice
To create the angles for the points, I went from the center point of one end and created a 54º angle. On the other end, I went from the center point and created a 72º angle. Now, I know these are strange angles, and you are wondering how in the world to make that with a miter saw.
You will notice in the video above that I am using a jig (6×6 post) on my miter saw. I recommend that you read (watch) my instructions on how to create any angle on a miter saw. It will quickly explain how I go about getting these type of angles. And, yes! You can make them on any miter saw, regardless of the allowable range.
After you have all five pieces cut, you can begin to assemble the star. (To get a better idea of what I am doing, be sure to watch the video above). Start by laying out a strip of tape and positioning two sections on top of the tape.
Then, add a bead of glue to the connected areas and fold the tape over. Make sure the tape is pulled snug and is holding the joints together tightly. Continue this process for the remaining pieces and allow it to dry overnight.
Once it has dried completely, remove the tape and sand away any rough areas. Wipe away the dust residue and add a finish of your choice! For my Christmas star, I used Americana Decor paint.
As you can see, these make great fillers and breaks in shelving decor. To get a bulkier star, use 2×4 boards. Once you have mastered the ability to make these angles, you can also move onto making larger stars. Try using wider planks (like a 2×6) and change the angle used to create the tips. Tip – the 54º angles at the center will not change. Good luck and have fun!
How To Make Wooden Stars from Scrap Wood video. You can find this and other video projects on my Youtube channel. Be sure to subscribe to keep up with all my woodworking video projects!
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