Making a wooden wall mount for a wall thermometer

Simple wall mount for outdoor thermometer

Sometimes a simple easy to make woodworking project is great to relax a bit the pressure of publishing at least one video every week, although I can’t say that this is really the case. My first intention was to make a wooden wall mount, for an exterior thermometer, with a somewhat complicated molding at the bottom and another molding at the top of the wooden board, but because of a couple of mistakes I had to settle for this simpler wall mount.

While making the molding on the wood I realized that I had cut the board too short, and as I was running out of time I decided to cut a new board, but this time rectangular in shape. And I left the subject of cutting and routing the molding for another video.

Ogee molding router bit

With the board already cut to the correct dimensions the only woodworking I had to do was to route a simple molding all around using an ogee router bit.

Letters and drawings ready for pyrography

The wall thermometer alone, screwed to the wall mount, looks a bit bland. So since it comes with two temperature scales, in Celsius degrees and in Fahrenheit degrees, I wanted to decorate the wood of the wall mount with a third temperature scale, in Kelvin degrees. My intention was to engrave the letters and drawings with the help of the Dremel multitool, but after making a few attempts on a sacrificial piece of wood I didn’t get any decent results. Luckily at that moment a friend came to my shop and reminded me that I have a pyrography machine, and it was a good opportunity to practice pyrography on wood.

Wood pyrography freehand

This work of pyrography on wood seems to be a matter of patience and a good pulse (and to have a nice drawing, and the ability and knowledge to know how to make shadows, give volume … but I’m in beginner mode and I’m content with burning simple lines on the wood). With the letters and drawings already drawn on the wood with the pencil, and the pyrographer already hot, I try to follow the pencil lines as best I can. With my right hand I try to handle the pyrographer as if it were a pen, but as I have to hold it very high up I use the index finger of my left hand as shown in the picture trying to make more steady lines.

Drill screw holes and varnish

The end result is not great, but I think it turned out to be a pretty decent wall mount for the thermometer. And so that it wouldn’t look ugly with too big screws holding both the thermometer to the wood and the mount to the wall, I used a couple of decorative screws to screw the thermometer to the wood. And as shown in the picture I drilled a couple of centered holes in the wooden wall mount to screw it to the wall. This way those larger screws are hidden behind the thermometer plate. Some sanding, one or two coats of transparent spray varnish and it is ready to hang on the wall.

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