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Project by rctomps posted 02-18-2017 03:02 PM 1423 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in early January I was trying to think of a unique idea for a Valentine gift for my wife. I thought of a heart shaped picture frame for her favorite photo of all her kids together. Then I wondered if I could make a heart shape by bending wood. Crazy I know. So after some trial and error, then more error, I was successful. I discovered that soaking the strips in water for 24 hours then letting them dry out for a day or 2 made them dry enough to glue while still being flexible enough to make that tight bend at the top without breaking.
It’s not the most impressive thing but I learned a lot, such as how to bend wood and how to cut a piece of glass in the shape of a heart (after breaking 3 glass panes the 4th one was successful) and I think she really liked it when I gave it to her on V. day.
Made with strips of Oak,Maple and Padauk about 1/8” thick.
Thanks for looking.
RT

-- Rob





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NotaJock

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 04:04 PM

She sure ought to, that’s fine work.

-- Mike in SoCal

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SteveGaskins

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 04:50 PM

Great idea and build. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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Northwest29

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#3 posted 02-18-2017 05:55 PM

This is just a great project and has to be one that the wife can’t help but like. Cutting the glass must have a difficult task. Great job and thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 05:59 PM

Nice, how do you cut a piece of glass into a heart shape?

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Kelly

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#5 posted 02-18-2017 10:46 PM

Good job, and thanks for the how-to photos.

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 12:38 AM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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rctomps

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#7 posted 02-19-2017 06:58 AM




Nice, how do you cut a piece of glass into a heart shape?

- patcollins


The most important thing about cutting glass is to use a good glass cutter, the type that dispenses oil while you cut . I traced the heart shape on the glass and then Scribed it freehand After that I scribed some relief cuts out from the curves and tapped it to break loose the sections. Three of them shattered on me before I got the fourth one to work.

-- Rob

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 02-19-2017 12:21 PM

That’s very creative. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 02-19-2017 12:58 PM

Hi Rob,
Really nice creative effort on this…nothing like a little trial and error in the workshop! It’s projects like this that make lumberjocks such a good source for all of us.
Great work, I may have to try it myself.

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#10 posted 02-19-2017 04:45 PM

looks great

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Roger

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#11 posted 02-20-2017 03:28 PM

Fantastic Rob.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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