How to Create a Wooden Woven Wall
The woven timber canopy turns a plain bedroom into an African-inspired escape.
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Materials and Tools:
nail gun and nails
2" and 2-1/2"wood screws
four sheets of 1/4" plywood (can't be thicker or it won't bend)
1x2 pieces of poplar (furring strips)
2" poplar dowels
1. Pick out the kind of plywood you’ll be using for your room. Determine quantity based on the size of the wall you want to cover. We’re using cherry plywood.
2. Stain or polyurethane the plywood, dowels and the 1x2s. Apply the stain with a brush and wipe clean with a cloth. Allow to dry.
3. After the 1x2 furring strips dry, attach them horizontally to the wall along the lines where you want the top and bottom of the weave to be placed. Attach them by screwing them into the studs spaced every 16 inches with the screw gun and 2" wood screws.
4. Run the dowels the long way through the table saw ripping about 1/4 inch off the edge to create a flat surface.
5. Attach the dowels to the furring strips at the top and bottom of the wall using the screw gun and 2-1/2" wood screws. We spaced ours every two feet.
6. Once the plywood has dried cut it into six-inch wide strips the length of the feature wall. If your wall is wider than your longest strip of plywood, cut the strips down so that one will end and the next will begin directly under a dowel.
7. Weave the strips in between the vertical dowels in an over/under pattern. The strips of plywood should stay in place without any sort of nailing or gluing necessary. Once you’ve filled in all the spaces, you have your woven wall.
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