Herringbone Circle DIY Tutorial

I found a circle sign that I fell in love with on Pinterest. So I decided to use up one of my circles from my circle jig experiment and some wood scraps and see what I could come up with. Here’s the tutorial for this herringbone circle sign.

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Gather the scrap wood for the herringbone circle

I started out with a 14 inch circle cut from ¼” MDF board.

Then I found a couple of different sized and textured boards that would fit all of the way across the circle. One of the boards was ½” MDF board.

That meant it was shorter than all of the other boards. So I decided to use my table saw to cut all of the boards down to a half inch thickness.

Mark your lines on the herringbone circle

Once I had an idea of where I wanted the top three boards to sit I flipped everything over and traced the circle onto the back of the three boards.

Then I cut them just outside of the line with my jig saw. You could also use a scroll saw. 

( I would have liked to of glued the boards on first and then cut out around the circle. If I did it again that’s what I would do. But I was thinking I wanted to finish the edges of the board to match the top. However in the end I sanded off what I had painted on the edge. I liked the uniform look that the bare edged circle gave it.

When I flipped everything back over I traced a line underneath the last board. This helped so that I would know where to measure the middle of the last section for the herringbone pattern. It was also necessary when I started cutting the herringbone pieces down, so that I knew how long they needed to be.

Next I found the center of the section that would be for the herringbone. I drew a line all of the way across on the center. Then I started cutting pieces down and placing them where they needed to be until the space was filled with the herringbone pattern. My pieces were about 4″ long.

Making a herringbone pattern

 If you’ve never made a herringbone pattern before, the process might be different than what you would think. 

When making a herringbone pattern you may think you need to line up the corners with the center of your project. However, doing it that way will make your pattern crooked. Here’s how you do it.

Center of the boards are marked on the herringbone pieces

-Find the center of the boards that are making up the herringbone pattern. 

– Line up the center of the boards with the center line that you made across your project. Like in the picture above

Doing this will ensure that your herringbone pattern is nice and straight.

Cut the herringbone pieces

Assembling the herringbone

Once I had all of the pieces for the herringbone pattern cut out, I taped the boards down as they made the pattern. So that they would stay put while I got all of the pieces for the pattern set.

Any slight movements or bumps of the project and it will throw your pattern off.

With everything where I wanted it to be, I made a line across the top pieces in the same spot that the board next board up would line up with the herringbone pattern. This was so that I would know what angle I needed to cut them out at. 

Finding the angle

Once I had the line drawn I found the angle that I needed by turning the miter table until the saw lined up parallel with the mark on the board. 

The Angle that I needed was 41.5 degrees. Once I had all of the top pieces cut to the correct angle I sanded the pieces down. 

Sanding and finishing

I could’ve sanded before cutting all of the pieces for the herringbone pattern and it would have been faster. However sometimes chipping is hard to prevent with the miter saw and the pieces may have needed to be sanded anyways. 

I decided to leave these pieces raw wood. So they needed to be sanded nice and clean.

When the sanding was done I glued the herringbone pattern onto the circle. To help with this I taped down the bottom board that lays above the herringbone pattern.

 Once the herringbone pieces were glued down, the bottom pieces of the herringbone pattern were still sticking off of the circle.

While the top 3 boards were separated from each other I either painted or stained them. The green piece I painted a few different times to get the color that I wanted. I stained the middle board. The top board I barely white washed it so that it wasn’t so yellow.

Assembling the scrap wood herringbone circle

Then I glued all 3 top boards on.

Once The glue was dry I cut around the circle where the herringbone pieces hung off and I touched up any places with the sander that I felt were lopsided or needed smoothing.

I also sanded the paint off of the edge of the green piece. And last I sanded over the herringbone pattern one more time, being careful not to get the green on each piece.. 

I sent this piece with my mom to give to my sister for her new cabin. She’s going to attach a hanger to the back. You could attach a sawtooth hanger or hang it with command strips. I’m so happy with the way that it turned out!

For more miter saw and jig saw project inspiration check out 14 DIY miter saw projects for beginners. and 15 1 hr. jig saw projects for beginners.

Check out these adorable DIY porch planters you can make with the miter saw. Full tutorial included!!

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