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If you’re like me, you probably have a giant pile of scrap wood pieces in your garage. Making something functional from a pile of odds and ends is the best. I recently used some 1×6 boards and had a ton of random scraps left over, so I’m using them for a few different projects and these simple square napkin rings is one of them!
This is about as easy as a DIY wood project gets!
What you need:
- 1×6 scrap wood
- 1 3/8″ Forstner bit
- Drill press
- Polycrylic or varathane
Start by cutting your wood scraps into 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares. You probably want a set of 6 or 8 of them. Once they are all cut, draw a line across the wood from opposite corners to find your centre point.
You want to use your foster bit to drill into the centre of your napkin ring. You can do this with a handheld drill, but it’s harder to be precise. I set my block up so that it was clamped in place with a piece of scrap wood underneath. The scrap wood underneath keep the wood on your napkin ring from splitting when you get all the way through.
Line up your bit so that they point is directly above the centre point you drew and drill all the way through.
To finish the napkin rings you need to sand them, stain them, and seal them. I used a stain called “natural” because I love the look of natural wood. It just accentuates the grain a bit.
What do you think? We you set your thanksgiving table with these napkin rings? I LOVE how they turned out!
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