Shot Through the Heart

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Project by Eric posted 08-22-2008 02:56 PM 3138 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this in a projects book recently and took a couple hours to knock it out. It was a very doable project for me, despite my lack of toolery. The head of the arrow is about 3/16” or so larger than the hole. The entire project was done by hand – I think I used my ryoba saw, a chisel or two, a pocket knife and a rasp (oh yeah, and my bit brace!). I was pleased with how cylindrical the shaft of the arrow is, considering it was purely done with a bench chisel!

EDIT: The heart is made of kempas and the arrow is pine (I think!).

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 08-22-2008 02:58 PM

very nice! thanks for the post!

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#2 posted 08-22-2008 03:00 PM

Very nicely done, Eric! What are the two species you used?

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#3 posted 08-22-2008 03:02 PM

Heart is kempas, arrow is pine (I’ve updated my post, thanks for the cue!).

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#4 posted 08-22-2008 05:27 PM

What did you eat?...

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#5 posted 08-22-2008 06:17 PM

I’ve done these with kids. They love it and can amaze their friends. I like the Kempas. Nice touch.

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#7 posted 08-22-2008 06:19 PM


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#8 posted 08-28-2008 11:11 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 10-06-2008 06:04 PM

Very nice!

I notice, no one asked how you got the arrowhead to fit through the hole.

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#10 posted 10-07-2008 08:31 AM

Yeah Dick, I figure it was either obvious to most woodworkers (maybe they’d already seen that plenty of times) or else the hole looks big enough that you could just muscle the arrow through (it’s not).

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#11 posted 05-20-2009 04:56 PM

Ok, I’ll bite. How did you do it? While we’re at it… what does “ate” mean?

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#12 posted 05-20-2009 05:09 PM

Hey Rocco, first off, it’s “a + e” (Amy & Eric).

And to do this, you have to have the arrow cut so that the grain is exactly perpendicular/parallel if you’re looking down at the point. Cut the arrowhead only down to a rectangle. Then crush it in a vise with the grain parallel to the jaws (this is why the grain has to be perfectly straight – if it’s not, you’ll shatter the head) as much as you dare, or until you think you can fit it through the hole. Then chamfer the corners off the head with a chisel or block plane and push the arrow through. Next, soak the arrowhead in water for a while, and it will swell up to its original size (or close).

Once it’s dry, whittle the arrowhead down to its desired shape.

Hope that made sense! You might be able to find this explained better somewhere online.

-- Eric at

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#13 posted 05-20-2009 05:11 PM

P.S. If I had to do it all over again, I’d have drilled the heart hole BEFORE cutting the heart shape. Since I cut the heart shape first, I couldn’t do much about the slight bit of blowout I got when drilling the hole. The blowout slightly takes away from the overall effect. Oh well, next time!

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#14 posted 05-20-2009 06:01 PM

Hey Eric
your the cupid of the wood shop well done.


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