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Wooden Reptile Enclosure

wooden reptile enclosures
Wooden Reptile Enclosure

We made this wooden reptile enclosure for my son’s Bearded Dragon. As you can see he has found a simple towel lining works the best for cleanup, as Bearded Dragon’s waste can be quite large, and throwing the towel in the wash is much easier than other options.

Wood Reptile Enclosure Design

The extra large wood enclosure is made using 1 x 1 Pine boards. Recessed in front pain Plexiglass for viewing. And outer boards are re-purposed barn wood planks. Looks great in his barn wood furniture room.

lizard cage
Messy Room

Lizard Cage Development

As you can see from the picture, the lizard cage now has a medium sized table and a ramp for the lizard to access both layers of his cage.

He Loves it, the lizard, and my son. Before we put in the ramp, the lizard was using a awkward board with a net. Which worked great when he was small, but as he grew, it became hard for him to stay on.

So, we had that small table laying about, and decided to put it to good use. My son, Alexander, was the one that came up with using the barn wood with dowels glued on it. (Very Creative).

The Point

We are sharing this wooden reptile enclosure product with you for your opinion.

What do you think? We are considering making lizard cages, out of barn wood for sale. Of course, we will make the second level attachable to the cage, and the overall look with be much more finished than our first project for my son’s lizard.

Our opinion is these would make a very nice upscale wooden reptile enclosure that people would be proud to display in their living room, or in their bedroom, as my son’s is.

Is this something that you would be interested in, as one of our valued customers?

Please let us know in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Furniture from Barn Wood

Barn Wood TV Stand
First furniture project. Giant TV stand for our home.

First Projects

We started our wood working after Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey was very destructive to the Coastal Bend, and our home was not missed. Therefore, we ended doing most of the work ourselves, which took a lot of new tools. Definitely cheaper than paying a contractor, though.

The bright side of having to rebuild is a whole garage of new tools, and a family who loves to make things. Plus, with all the fences that were blown down in the area, we had a huge stack of old fence wood. It looks just like barn wood, but didn’t have to tear down a beautiful old barn to get it. This is how our furniture from barn wood venture began.

Family Furniture Projects

Alexander’s complete furniture from barn wood project in progress, and finished, is pictured below. (Please excuse the mess)


Barn-wood TV Stand

As you can see we have had a lot of fun making barn wood furniture. We have a current listing in the Shop. That is pictured below.

Furniture From Barn Wood

We expanded on our barn-wood projects, and since it’s in our son’s room, I will share the project here.

This is Ki, my sons Bearded Dragon.

Ki on the upper deck.

Ki is a very large compared to his other lizard (leopard gecko) , and needed a large home. Alexander and I, made him a barn wood home.

This was a fun project, and Ki loves his ramp to the upper deck.

We are going to offer custom Lizard Homes on Hanks Wood Creations in the future, so be sure to sign up for our news letter, so you’ll be the first, In the Know.


The Hanks Family

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Wood Wall Art Designs – Flowers

wood wall art designs flowers

Bumble Bee with Flowers is a simple design off the Internet using the search for free flower images. The image is V carved in a pine 1 x 6 board, using the BobsCNC machine, with F-Engrave.

Wood Wall Art Designs

When making wood wall art, we have found just about any picture can be used to create an artistic picture. However, most pictures have to be touched up with software, or by hand, to get the full graphic to read through F-Engrave. We will get into more details on setup, and procedures in other posts.

This post is all about wood wall art designs, and the beauty that wood with some creativity, and color, can bring to any room, in your home.

Samples of Flowers in Wood Wall Art

Flowers Wood Wall Art Designs

Hummingbird and Flower is set beautifully on a light pine board. The wood grain is the perfect backdrop for the colorful flower, and blue humming bird, while using a bit of gold leaf to to bring out the magical blessings a hummingbird, seems to represent.

This picture was done with V carve, so engraved for longevity, into the wood. Then hand painted to give the image richness, and a uniqueness, for wood wall art design.

Special and Unique Pieces

Although, the humming bird and flower, or bee and flower, can be engraved over and over again. No two images will ever be exactly alike. This is what makes wood wall art designs so special. Each image is a on a unique, and different piece of wood. Plus, whereas the colors are set by human hand, for us anyway, no two will ever be exactly alike.

I have seen handmade items that look exactly a like and wonder, “how do they do that?”. The more we work with wood, and painting, honestly, the more we wonder. Do you think there are people out there that can do the exact same brush strokes every time? Probably, but I think it is pretty rare.

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The two rose images shown here, are case in point. Both roses are the exact same image file.

The image on the left is cut using a small V-bit at a shallow depth. The image on the right is cut with a very large V-bit at the same depth.

The difference is in the bit, but may also be in the starting point of the cut. This could be human error, or preference depending on how you look at it.

For us, it is trial and error in the ongoing learning process of producing beautiful pieces of wood wall art design. Furthermore, because of the depth of the larger bit, the stem on the right is more wobbly, but the flower has greater depth, so deciding which piece is preferable is an individual preference, as with all art.

Into the Future

In the future, we will share more intricate patterns, in specialty categories. This is a sample of simple flowers in wood wall art design, and we will share more images, as we go along. I hope you enjoyed seeing the difference small changes can make with the same image, and look forward to sharing so much more with you in the future.

In the meantime, check out our fun Dolphin Fish, and learn how it was made by Clicking Here.

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Wall Wood Art – Dolphin Fish

dolphin fish

For every piece there is a story, especially when creating wall wood art. The dolphin fish represents the expansion of learning to work with wood tools, and creating something different.

Dolphin Fish Origination – Creating Wood Wall Art

The dolphin Fish is hand drawn on a 10 inch wide board. This design came from looking at pictures of dolphin fish on the internet. Dolphin fish come in a variety of colors ranging from very yellow, very green, or very blue, with a variations of these colors mixed in. If you don’t believe me, click on the dolphin fish link, and you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, as wall wood art, the dolphin fish seems a fine place to start. They are very colorful and have an interesting shape.

Cutting Out the Dolphin Fish

In a perfect world, we would all have all the tools we need to finish any project. In reality, we use what we have, can afford, or sometimes even just know about. The dolphin fish is cut out on a Rockwell Bladerunner. This tool is, basically, a table saw with a jig saw blade. I haven’t found any other description for it. And while it works okay, it only works okay for cutting out intricate cuts. Here’s a picture of the saw so you can get an idea what it is, and how it works.

Rockwell Bladerunner saw Bladerunner saw top







With this table saw you have to follow the line of your drawing, while manipulating the wood in different directions to get your pattern cut out. To be honest it is very difficult, but doable.

Adding Character

Once the fish is cutout the next step is to give the fish some character,work bench dremel and sander such as fins, facial features, and roundness. For the second part of the process a Dremel tool is very handy. Plus, a hand sander is a must for rounding edges and cutting down material. You can see the work bench in the picture with the hand sander and dremel neatly displayed for use.

The dremel has a variety of bits for cutting and shaping wood, and it did a great job on the mouth, eye, and fins. The sander smooths up edges, and sands down the wood for some added depth. This process is not the easiest, and our processes have come a long way since this first projects. However, it is interesting what you can use, and accomplish, if you try.

dolphin fish wood wall art

Final Step

The final step is the color, for this we start with a green wood varnish to set the base color on the dolphin fish. Next, a light sanding to cut green color back and allow the wood to show through in places. Then highlighting by applying a very wet yellow paint, (water base) and not too heavy, just enough to ad a fresh lightness to the fish. As you can see, the top fin is  overall blue, which is made with an array of blues, and greens, for a pop of color.  And just a hint of blue on the lower fin, and around the mouth and eye. Lastly, the eye is done in black with a gold fleck paint as highlighter, for dramatization. Finally a clear paint sealer is sprayed on to finish out the wood wall art project .

Considering the process used to make this dolphin fish was extremely primitive, it still turned into a fairly good looking piece of wood wall art.