How to Draw Geometric Designs for Woodworking


Many woodworking projects could be enhanced with a bit of decoration. Why settle for a plain façade when you can complete your project with your own design? Geometric designs can increase the individuality of your woodworking and add an entirely new dimension to your hobby. Using a few simple tools, you can create permanent geometric designs for any woodworking project without using paints or chemicals. With the right preparation, you can draw a basic geometric design in wood in an hour or two.

Step 1

Clear a working area. The tip of the woodburning tool will get quite hot: hot enough to burn or ignite paper and stray scraps of debris. Make sure that you have sufficient space to work, near an outlet. Avoid using an extension cord if possible as it can become tangled while working.

Step 2

Prepare your surface. The woodburning tool will work best on a smooth surface. If the wood is not already sanded, use the sandpaper to remove any rough patches. Lightly sketch your geometric design onto the wood with a pencil and a ruler to maintain perfectly straight edges.

Step 3

Plug in the woodburning tool, and allow it to heat up on the glazed tile for a few minutes before use. Lightly trace your penciled outline with the tool, using the wide blade of the tool (not the pointed tip). Keep the tool moving to avoid overburning the wood. You can always make the lines darker and deeper later.

Step 4

If carbon residue begins to form on the tip of the woodburning tool, place the sandpaper on the glazed tile and lightly draw the blade across the sandpaper (once on each side).

Tips and Warnings

  • Never leave a woodburning tool unattended while plugged in or hot.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Woodburning tool
  • Fine-grit sandpaper (100-grit or finer)
  • Glazed tile or plate


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About this Author

Fred Samsa has been writing articles related to the arts, entertainment and home improvement since 2003. His work has appeared in numerous museum publications, including program content for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he was awarded a Presidential Fellowship in 2005. He holds a Master of Arts in art from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Brown University.

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