For my up-cycling project I’m turning a piece of saved firewood into a set of light switch and outlet covers for my parents house in Vermont. The house is a sort of rustic chic farmhouse aesthetic and the wood panels are meant to match. The farmhouse aesthetic is defined by exposed wood and stone elements, and I think the touch of natural material for the light switch covers will add to the expression of the aesthetic. I saved the wood because it had “spalted”, or partially decayed, while it was stacked exposed on a hillside, giving the maple wood unique dark streaks along its natural grain.
Picture of the wood after I had taken off the bark and squared it with a band saw.
My next step is to slice it into thin strips (as thick as typical light switch covers) with a band saw, and then laser cut out the various covers I want. I will likely sand and possibly route the edges to remove most or all burn markings from the laser cutter and give the covers a nice smooth finished edge.