Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Salvaged wood | Lath log cabin quilt square

Here's what I made this week:
wooden log cabin quilt square
And here's what I made it out of:
salvaging lath
That would be the lath in the shower of our downstairs bathroom, which the husband had to tear out in order to attach cement backerboard to the studs, so we could tile the walls. 
salvaging lath for art piece
Sadly, this is what the lath looked like after the husband took his Sawzall and his pry bar to it. (Sigh.)
lath art
 After digging through the pile of rubble, I found nine longish pieces that weren't cracked that I figured I could still salvage. Butting the pieces up next to each other, side by side, they measured 13 inches across ...
framing a lath art piece
... which coincidentally was the same size as an old wooden wine box I had in my basement.
wine box cover
So instead of having to build a frame, all I had to do was pry the cover off the box. (Sometimes my hoarding tendencies pay off.)
lath art
I played around with a few different patterns. Ultimately I decided to go with a log cabin-style quilt square design -- mostly because it would be really easy to put together.
log cabin quilt square
 I just had to measure out the pieces ...
lath art
 ... and cut them with my jigsaw.
lath art
 I worked from the outside in ...
lath art
 ... and alternated the rows, using the front (natural wood) for one row and the back (white with plaster dust) for the next.
lath art
I tried to work as many of the nail holes and knots into the design as I could because I thought they added character. 
lath art
The square came together really quickly. . 
wooden log cabin quilt square
It took about 20 minutes to cut all the pieces and get them where I wanted them.
lath art
 Once all the pieces were trimmed, I decided I wanted the frame to be darker, so I stained the wine box cover with some Varathane American Walnut that I found in my basement.
lath art
After the stain dried, I glued the pieces into place and filled in the gaps with wood putty.
salvaged lath art piece
Ta-da.
wooden log cab quilt square
Not bad for a piece made for free in one afternoon.
wooden log cabin quilt square