Talking Dead Wall Art (in Miniature)

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This is the second of my vacation woodworking projects. If you are not a fan of the Walking Dead, there is a talk show that goes along with it. The set for the show has a huge wooden wall art that is basically end grain blocks of random heights glued to a board.

This is my miniature version of this wall art. It measures approximately 10” x 14” since that is the size of the scrap piece of 1/4” Baltic birch ply that I had laying around. The large squares are 3/4” square and the small ones are 3/8” square. I was not very careful with the dimensions of the blanks, so some of the lines are not straight and there are a few gaps. Once I had several strips cut, I just cut off random lengths on the table saw from 1/8” to 3/4” thick. You need a lot of blocks, so try to keep track and cut a lot.

After that, it is just a matter of gluing them to the board. I did draw a few lines to try and keep things lined up. The frame is 1/2” x 1” and is mitered and glued to the ply. I know I’ll probably have issues down the road, but this was mostly a test to see what was involved in making one of these.

The wood is all cherry and the finish is Arm-R-Seal (2 on the blocks, and 3 or 4 on the frame) rubbed out with Behlen’s Deluxing Cream.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 07-15-2016 11:19 PM

Jim, that is really neat-sort of like an end grain cutting board without all the sanding. Did you use a yellow glue? Do you think a slow setting epoxy would work better from the longevity standpoint? It is a great use for all the scraps we have stacked on one or more corners of our shops.

-- Art

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 11:52 PM

Hi Art,

Yes, I just used Titebond III. I’m out of epoxy at the moment. For the frame I meant to leave a 1/8” edge on the plywood backing and then make the frame with a dado so the board would float in the frame. But I got ahead of myself and trimmed the board flush with the blocks, so the frame is just glued around the edges. I did get the miters pretty tight, but if I get any wood movement they will probably open up. I could have saved it by making the frame from thicker stock and creating a ledge to hold the board, but I already had the frame pieces milled.

It was a fun little project anyway.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 04:54 AM

We are WD fans and my wife is a huge fan of TD (I think she has a crush on Chris Hardwick) and I’ve been thinking of making her one as a gift for her birthday. Your version turned out great, there is a lot of contrast in depth and color.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 07-17-2016 01:35 PM

It’s nice project. Good thing is, we all have scraps laying arround, so everybody should be able to try with such art.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 01:30 PM

Looks good, I’ve been wanting to make one for awhile now, it’s on my long list of things i want to make.

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