Amboyna Burl Heart

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Project by Rick posted 05-19-2011 02:29 AM 2710 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anniversary present for my wife.
I wanted to make something simple and symbolic. I’ve had this piece of amboyna burl for 2 yrs and was saving it for something special.

I drew the shape of the heart. Cut it out with the bandsaw. Used the oscillating drum sander to sand up to the line I had drawn. Since I couldn’t get into the crevice of the heart I had to use carving tools next. The only thing I had available was a large metal file and it worked good enough. I used a 1/2 inch router bit to round over the corners but once again it can’t get to the crevice. Also I wanted the heart to have about a 3/4 inch radius on the sides so I did all of that with the metal file as well. I spent about 5hrs just with the metal file.

Laser engraving at a trophy store.

Finish: 3 coats Waterlox original sealer/finish. Buff with the Beall buffing system. Tripoli, white diamond then wax.

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 02:52 AM

Hey Rick,
That is really nice. Good story too. My gosh, what a shine you got on that one.

With that much filing under you belt, you could break out of any jail.

I really like it, and congrats on the anniversary,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 03:05 AM

That’s what I love about woodworking, taking a dull piece of nature and creating something so beautiful from the heart. Absolutely breath taking!

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 03:55 AM

WOW! Great wood and great work! The finish and laser work look great! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 05:52 AM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 06:42 AM

Very nice, Rick. Me likey! great touch to show the offcuts with the finished project. Lots of time with that file but it looks like time well spent!

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#6 posted 05-19-2011 02:46 PM

Thanks guys. I appreciate it.

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 02:47 PM

What a Great gift! The shape is perfect and the finish is outstanding. The engraving just sets it off!!
I bet she really liked it…...

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 05-22-2011 01:36 AM

So sweet she got to love you!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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