DIY: How to Make Wood Rosettes

Written by misty barton
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Wooden rosettes are a chip-carved element traditionally used to trim wooden projects creating a circular focal point. Rosettes are most commonly use to give the corners of moulding in a home a more finished look, where baseboards turn at the corner of doors. Historically, rosettes have also been used to decorate drinking mugs, washboards and chests. Rosettes are a manageable wood-crafting project when a focal point or decorative element is needed to create a final product with a more finished look.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Compass
  • Drill press
  • Wooden blocks
  • Circle cutting bit
  • Fine grain sand paper
  • Stain and finish

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    Draw the rosette pattern you wish to use onto a plinth or wooden corner block with a pencil and compass. Traditionally, corner blocks are 2-inch square, but larger blocks can be used to fit your moulding design. The most basic rosette design is a spiral rosette. A spiral rosette is formed from six concentric circles.

  2. 2

    Prepare the drill press for the project. The drill press should be equipped with a circle cutter. This is a special blade designed to cut large circular patterns into wood. Set the circle cutter to a length equal to the radius of the largest circle in your rosette design. Clamp the wooden block to the base of the drill press.

  3. 3

    Rotate the block of wood to cut the outermost circle of the design. Adjust the drill press arm and continue to rotate the block until the ring reaches the desired depth.

  4. 4

    Move the cutting circle tool in, so that it matches the radius of the second ring of the circle, and rotate the wooden block to cut that circle.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process of adjusting the circle cutter and cutting rings until you reach the centre of the circle.

  6. 6

    Lightly sand the surface of the rosette with a fine-grained sand paper. Make sure that you remove all of the splinters and wood shavings from the surface to give the block a smooth and finished look.

  7. 7

    Treat the block with stain and sealant. This will both give the wood an even colour and protect it.

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