For this project, my raw materials came from a couple different places. In the picture, the boards are old fence boards from the property. The grey square behind them is the back side of a mirror I salvaged from a bathroom remodeling project.
I have planed the boards to remove the old really weathered wood, plus make them uniform thickness. I cut them to size and joined them together to make a frame for the mirror.
Grace and I went and retrieved some this morning. They are soaking in some vinegar and hot water to clean up a little bit and then they will be ready to attach.
I still need to stain the frame before final assembly. I attempted to use black raspberries from the property as a stain, but it is too purple a finish for me. I am going to end up with a store bought stain for this project.
I finally wrapped this project up. Here is the final version, hanging in my kitchen. I ended up with a polyshades that worked really well on that old oak. Two coats gave me the color I wanted and the protection level I was after. We bought vinyl lettering to apply to the bottom. I found the saying while searching for recycling quotes. Once I found the saying, I also found a blog with that same title. I will give a shout out to that blog as it espouses many of my beliefs and the core of this project.