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Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board

Drilling all of the holes did take some time, but in the end I was left with a unique decor piece. The beauty of this project, is that you can take any illustration and turn it into a unique art board.

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board - Supplies

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TOOLS

  • Drill

I used a corded drill, but you could use a battery one if you use a thinner piece of plywood.

  • Different Sized Drill Bits

I ended up only using 3 sizes of normal drill bits to create the design

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Plywood

You need a sheet of plywood, cut to the size of your printed piece – in my case this is A1 size.

  • Illustration

I wanted to create a design with a lion, so i searched for ‘Lion Illustration’ on google. Search for illustrations, since you want a simple black and white design to work with.

  • Printed Piece

You can get really cheap large prints by going down to your local printers and asking for a Blueprint/Plotter/Engineer print – which will cost you about $5 for a huge A1 size black and white print.

  • Tape

This is used to stick the print onto the plywood

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Polyurethane

I gave my final piece 2 coats of polyurethane to give it a slight gloss

OPTIONAL

  • IKEA DIODER LED lights

To give the decor piece an added dimension at night

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Setting up the board

Once you have the plywood the same size as the illustration, glue the print to the plywood.

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board - Step #1: Preperation

STEP 2: Start drilling

Clamp down your board so half of it hangs over the table.

I had three different sized drill bits in total, and started with the biggest drill bit first. I just went for it, and drilled where I thought best. The biggest drill bit was used on the thickest areas of the illustration. Then I moved onto the medium sized drill bit.

I left the most important and defining details (the eyes, mouth and nose) mostly for the smallest drill bit. This way I could get more details to show through.

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board - Step #2: Drilling

STEP 3: Touching up

It took a while to drill all of the holes.

I took a paper clip to poke through all of the holes to get rid of any saw dust. Next, I took some fine grit sandpaper to clear of any tear in the plywood.

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board - Step #3: Sanding down the plywood

STEP 4: Adding a little gloss

Two coats of Polyurethane were added to give it a slight gloss and to seal the plywood.

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board - Step #4 Adding the polyurethane

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board

OPTIONAL

I glued on a strip of LED lights, IKEA’s DIODER, to the back of the board. Now at night the board also acts as subtle ambient lighting in the room.

Drill and Plywood DIY Art Board - With added DIODER LED lights

Email me at jacob@hometreeatlas.com with photos if you make your own, or if you have any questions.

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January 21, 2016 in Made By HtA
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