Making things is what I do. But when your own mom wants you to make something you do it. She reached out to me a while back with an obscure magazine clipping and said, “Can you make this?” Studying the clipping I said, “Of course I can!!”
If you don’t know me, I’m an at home father, to three boys, one of which is in school. So having all three boys at home during the summer, meant that shop time was almost non-existent. But, this past week was my mom’s 65th birthday so I had to find some time to make her what she showed me in the magazine.
Here is what I made for her. Now let me show you how I did it.
(18) 2 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ by 3/4″ pieces of Poplar/Pine.
Brad Nailer with 1″ brad nails
The first thing I did was to plane and joint all the faces and edges to make sure that everything was square. If you don’t have a planer and jointer try and get the best squared piece of lumber you can, as it will make your life easier when it comes to making the shelves later.
Next, I set up my fence on my table saw for 1 1/4″ and ripped all the pieces to finish width. After ripping all 18 boards, I took them to my Ridgid sander and rough sanded everything to 80 grit and then took my palm sander and took it to 180 grit. Because its not a fine piece of furniture I didn’t care if it was all the way to 220 grit or more. Its hanging on the wall and not many people are going to be touching it.
After getting everything sanded, I took all the board over to the miter box and slowly and carefully cut the 30 degree angle on the boards to make the honeycomb shape. I then dry fitted everything to make sure it looked symmetrical. Some of the boards got flipped to other sides of the hexagon as needed.
Glue up time. Here’s how I did it. I put glue on the angled sides one at a time. Since this is a hexagon, I took two pieces at a time, got the angle where I liked it, glued it and then shot it was a couple brads to hold it in place while the glue dried.
Here’s the final set of three honeycombs sanded, shot and ready for stain.
The stain of choice today is SamaN Stain and the color is Golden Wheat. The great thing about SamaN-Stain is that the clean up is easy, doesn’t stain your hands like other stains, comes in a wide variety of colors and the best part, it’s completely odorless.
I love this color and more importantly my mom loves them!!
To get your Saman Stain head over to their website and pick from a bunch of different colors.