DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top

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This DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top is absolutely beautiful and easy enough for beginner woodworkers.

I love a good mosaic or scrap wood art project. This Cedar DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top turned out even more beautiful than I’d hoped. But, hey, I’m a sucker for Cedar. I always think it looks beautiful. 🙂

And, this woodworking project is easy enough for beginner woodworkers. Just be sure to follow the steps in the video and my tips below to get the best result. If you don’t have a table, you can follow these exact steps on a 1/4″ to 3/4″ plywood board to make geometric wall art too.

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Here's how I built a beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top with low cost Cedar from my local big box store. Easy to follow how to video and build tips. DIY Geometric Wood Art idea.
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DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top Steps

Watch this video to see the exact steps to make your own wood mosaic table top or geometric wall art.

Here’s What You’ll Need

3 DIY Tips for this Mosaic Wood Project

Tip One

You can find 1×2 Cedar Dimensional Lumber at Home Depot or Lowes. But, it can be in a rough state compared to mostly perfect Select Pine or Poplar boards. Pick straight pieces with the least amount of knots (so you have less waste).

I also try to get pieces with lots of light and darker variations in color and grain. That contrast of light and dark cedar is the real reason why this DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top looks so pretty.

Tip Two

I used a brad nailer and wood glue to attach the frame and most of the pieces to this table top. If you want to use just glue, you can. But, if your top is painted, I would strip the paint first so that glue can stick to the wood instead of the paint. Just using glue on paint could cause separation issues later.

Tips and how to video for this beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top. These steps can be used to make this as geometric wood wall art too!

Tip Three

I started with a new sheet of 120 Grit Sandpaper to smooth the top. I didn’t want to go to low in grit since I was sanding against the grain. I was worried that it would leave grooves or swirls in my wood. After, the top was smooth, I switched to 180 Grit to take that smooth finish to the next level.

Now let’s talk sanders. Not all sanders are the same. An Orbital Sander, like my Dewalt, is more powerful than a non-orbiting power sander. And, a belt sander is typically more powerful than an orbital sander.

So, if you’re using a belt sander, you’ll be able to sand the top smooth, faster. Just be careful to keep the sander moving and to not go to deep.If you’re using an orbital sander. It will take a bit longer to sand the top smooth, but it’s really not that long as long as you are using new sandpaper.

Something like a Palm or Mouse Sander will take just a bit longer and probably a bit more sandpaper. But, all power sanders will get the top smooth. Just take your time and have fun with your build! 🙂

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Here's how I built a beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top with low cost Cedar from my local big box store. Easy to follow how to video and build tips. DIY Geometric Wood Art idea.
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Tips and how to video for this beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top. These steps can be used to make this as geometric wood wall art too!
Alternating the direction of the grain, randomly, makes the top more interesting and it even looks different from different angles. I love that!
Tips and how to video for this beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top. These steps can be used to make this as geometric wood wall art too!
I picked a wood filler that would look great with this Cedar. It’s also a latex based wood filler with a really creamy feel. I think a gritty wood filler wouldn’t have looked as nice.
Tips and how to video for this beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top. These steps can be used to make this as geometric wood wall art too!
This, this is why I love Cedar!! It’s beautiful. You can see how I used Cedar to make Chevron Wood Wall Art in a previous post.
Here's how I built a beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top with low cost Cedar from my local big box store. Easy to follow how to video and build tips. DIY Geometric Wood Art idea.
I might have to do a Dining Room Table with this pattern.

Here's how I built a beautiful DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top with low cost Cedar from my local big box store. Easy to follow how to video and build tips. DIY Geometric Wood Art idea.

Looking for another pretty table top idea? Check out this DIY Geometric Wood Table Top.

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A table with just these squares inside of squares would look beautiful too. 🙂

You can find more of my DIY Furniture Makeover videos here, on my YouTube channel. 🙂


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Feeling inspired? Now that you’ve seen this DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top tutorial, you can do it too. Let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

6 thoughts on “DIY Wood Mosaic Table Top”

  1. That is such a beautiful table top. My husband and I have been talking about different wood designs (like butcher blocks and such) for a cabinet he’s building. We wanted to make the top of it out of something other than polished concrete this time. I’m going to have to show him this. Pinned.

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