Little bird on oak branche

I have a stack of cut oak tree branches laying around. They come from the garden of my father in law.

First plained it with a 1/4" end mill and then carved the bird with 30 degree V carve bit.

The branches are actually longer than the piece of wood, but this makes reproduction and placement less critical. :slight_smile:

I spray painted and then sanded it down again.

That looks great!

Making the design too big is a great idea. What size is that approx? Quarter, coaster, or plate?

Also, if youโ€™re going to sand it down, do you need to plane it first?

Looks great. Nice work.

It has a diameter of about 12 centimeters. So slightly bigger then a coaster. Since the plaques are cut by hand they are never plane. So I plane them before use with a 1/4 inch end mill.

I do have small machine planer, but these plaques are too small for it.

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Ah. Cool.

Iโ€™ve seen people make a planer cart for thin wood, just a 3/4" piece of plywood with a waxed top and a cleat to keep it from going through the planer. Of course this is not only thin, but short, so probably not going to work.