Last Minute Valentines Day Idea

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Project by 12ftguru posted 02-10-2014 02:42 AM 2311 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 03:57 AM

Simple presents like this are the best, thanks for sharing.

-- Wilkerson

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 05:06 AM

Awsome idea!I have only few days left to do something also!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 11:25 AM

Very nice, and I like the comments too. I’m sure it will be well received.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 01:32 PM

Beautiful torsion box bench.

Best advice for boot camp is be a duck and let it all roll off your back. Learn the game and learn to play it better than those who create the rules and you’ll do fine. When confronted, think first, then respond and never respond from emotion. You’ll do fine.

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-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 03:35 PM

Sweet and unique idea of Valentine’s, like the pretty wood colors. Well done!

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#6 posted 02-14-2014 03:55 PM

Thanks all. I really appreciate the feedback.

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