|Project by 12ftguru||posted 02-10-2014 02:42 AM||1710 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
So I had a last minute Valentines day idea to make a bunch of tiny hearts and put them in a glass jar. It’s a pretty simple project and can be made with leftover pen blanks or scrap wood. I used Red Heart, Yellow Heart, Holly and Red Cedar. The cedar ones are really good because the smell nice. I used a hand plane, a router table and a band saw (with a home made miter sled) to cut the slices.
You start by marking the heart on the end of your stock (simple pencil sketch). Then stick the pen blank in the vise with one corner up. Plane down the exposed corner until you have a flat spot (my fellow nerds will recognize this as the superman symbol, but keep going as chances are your significant other is not as impressed by the man of steel as you are).
I then used a 45 Degree V Groove router bit to carve out the top of the heart (be very carful when using a router with small pieces. Routers are evil and want to eat your fingers). Sorry I didn’t grab a picture of this , but I basically placed the planed surface flat on the router table and centered the bit, taking small passes until I hit my lines.
After that I just returned to the vice and the hand plane to refine the rounded shape and the size, ending up with a long heart shaped blank. I built a quick miter sled and used it to slice the blank into 3/8 inch sections. The rest was just a matter of sanding to refine the shapes.
The last piece was a glass container from Michaels. It was a quick and fun project and I suspect it will be appreciated.