When a homeowner constructs a wooden fence around their home, it is likely that the wood used is of high quality, such as cedar or even pine. These are durable and beautiful woods for sure, but over time they lose their color and appeal, no matter how hard you try and preserve them. Wood fences are exposed to rain, snow, direct sunlight and extreme cold, making them wear out over time. If you are lucky enough to have a wooden fence that has seen better days, it is time to take it down and turn it into a lovely decorative piece for your home.
Some overlook the benefits of wood turning and wooden fences, mainly because the planks are not thick, the way ideal pieces of old wood are. But with a bit of imagination you can find many uses for those thin planks and boards.
Candlestick Holders – That’s right, you can make gorgeous wooden candlesticks by wood turning an old fence. These are a perfect accessory for a hand made wooden dining room table or on top of a mantel piece over the fire place. Just make sure that you apply a heavy layer of fire resistant shellac if you plan on making these functional candle stick holders.
Wooden Cutlery – Forks, spoons and knives can all be crafted from old wooden fence pieces if you have that level of skill with wood turning. Some find the intricacy difficult to master, but once you do you can add unique designs that make your wooden utensils handsome conversation pieces.
Desk Top Pencil Holder – This wood turning 101 project is the perfect project for beginners working with old fence pieces. Basically just a block of wood, turned with holes added can be further customized with fancy designs or even your name. These make pretty gifts to give out for birthdays and the holidays as well.
So What Do You Do Now That You Have No Fence?
You can go ahead and erect a new one, but know that it too will one day become a series of candle stick holders or cute knick knacks. We like the idea of a wireless K9 containment fence that protects your dog from running free, but is not visible from your property. This allows you to show off your beautiful larger wood turning sculptures that you have decorating your gardens. Check out the review sites for wireless pet containment systems and see how much benefit other home owners are getting from them. Even if you need to put a bit of work in to use a wired version, you need to have a look.
Fences are not the only wooden structures on your property that can be turned into works of art. Old decking, gazebos and sheds are all great sources of prime wood that makes a great base for your projects.