|Project by KCConst||posted 02-11-2016 03:42 PM||645 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I anticipated this day just about right and completed this Hard Maple, Walnut and Rosewood heart in time for the holiday. I’m sure all you guys out there have had to rush these sort of things before too.. Well this is my proof that it is done in time. I’ve seen a variety of this type of art before and had something else in mind when I began. I was thinking about an inside out turning, but by the time I got 50-60% done with it I didn’t like the way it was heading so I veered off towards this. The Hard Maple heart about 10” tall and 8” wide. i made it with some of the remnants from my Workbench build. The walnut ribbon I cut from 1” stock about 1/8” thick. I built a steamer and wrapped the steamed walnut around a broom handle to begin it’s life twisted. After trying many different approaches, I realized I needed to twist each side in opposite directions so after a few days I finally arrived at what I wanted the ribbons to look like when wrapped around the heart. By this time I realized I was “all in” because I had screwed up so many attempts and gave it one final try. I cut new ribbons, steamed them thoroughly, took one from the steamer at a time (they cool off fast) and wrapped each exactly as I wanted. I held them in place with some spring clamps over night. The next day (evening actually because I work a regular job in the day) I had to unscrew the ribbons from the heart so that I could sand them. A long tedious process but as well all know only with good sanding can we get good results. I finished the maple heart with 4 coats of lacquer, then after sanding the ribbons I had to carefully screw them back on. I neatly cut the ends of the two ribbons to align with each other on the backside and glued them in place (at the ends only the ribbon is free floating). I lacquered the ribbons a couple coats by placing a piece of freezer paper between the ribbon and heart, then one final coat over the entire thing. The base is a 2-1/2” buildup of Rosewood and is also in the shape of a heart. I cut it on an angle to show the better and drilled a 1/4” hole from the bottom up through the top. I sanded the bottom of the maple heart to tilt it back slightly then continued the drilled hole into the maple heart. I threaded the hole in the maple with a 1/4-20 metal tap and secured the two pieces with a stainless cap screw. After 30 years of marriage I think she’ll like it. It took about 40 hours I suppose, probably 15 of those sanding.
-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden