The parts list is long, but it’s not too complicated:
Wood/metal work (hammer, drill, saw, planes, etc.)
Bonsai tree (buds, leaves, twigs)
Tree branches (wood or metal)
Wood stain (I’ll show this one below).
I used 2x4s (8″ long) and 1x2s (6″ long) for a single workbench.
Next I bought 2×4 (4″ tall) and 1×2 (2″ tall) and built a workbench for them. These would make good pieces for creating your base.
The first step is to cut off all the excess wood and make a little base for your taper boards. The base should be about 30-40 inches tall! You want a base that is about 6 inches wide by 8 inches tall and 3 inches deep. You can’t have holes all the same height. This will give you plenty of room for your taper boards.
Cut out the base and start working on creating your base.
I used two pieces of taper board and decided that they would be the two corners. I used 8″ taper wood for my base and used my 3″ x 4″ scrap for the sides.
Cut your taper boards out. I used 2x4s at each corner for a total of 4 pieces that you will need for your taper boards and one for the corners.
Next you want to start cutting out your base for your taper boards.
We cut the taper boards to the shape that fits the diameter of the wood and the height of your taper boards.
After having each piece cut, you can glue two pieces of wood together and make a board. We used 1x4s and 3″x4s to make four 2″x2″ squares and 4×5″ squares for the top.
We also used two pieces of plywood with small pieces of foam glued inside to create a base for the taper boards.
I had about 1″ of excess wood to work with and we then glued those pieces together to make the sides of our taper boards.
This is where it gets really fun! It’s time for your first sanding!
Sand the taper boards. You will get a smooth and crisp surface
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