You're in love.
You like woodworking.
You hate to buy industrial-made junk-jewelry.
You want to give something personal and special.
You don't want to cut your heart out to give it away either.

This Instructable is for you!

I'll show you how to make a wooden 'cartouche' - just a piece of wood - that can be transformed into a beautiful heart.

Give the cartouche to your love. If after two hours she's still asking you what it's good for: take it back, and change her into a smarter version.

Where I got the inspiration from? Did you see 'The Illusionist'? That famous movie with an outstanding Edward Norton? Remember the wooden heart? Didn't it inspire you to build one your own?

All you need:
- a beam of hardwood (square shaped - three inches thick)
- the usual woodworking tools
- a lot of patience

Step 1: Cut the Beam

Sand ONE side of the beam to get a smooth surface. No need to sand the other sides.
Cut two cubes out of the beam.
Use a circular saw. Don't forget gloves, goggles & ear plugs.
I also just used a dowel for the center
<p>Hi, I'm as beginner as you could be but thought my wife would appreciate this. In regards to using a dowel for the center, does that mean it can be pulled apart because (as far as I know) a dowel wouldn't be able to grip/latch on to the non-glued side?</p><p>I realize you posted here 5 years ago so sorry if this question is inconvenient.</p>
Lucky for you, I still check my email :) Yep, 5 years ago as a freshman in high school woodshop class. The dowel was my idea to put it together quicker I suppose, and yeah it means you can pull it apart easily.
o make it!!
<p>I finally got around to making this for my mum's birthday and it turned out really nice. I made a couple of modifications though.</p><p>1. For the screw I didn't want a metal thing inside my wood because I'm OCD so I turned one on the wood lathe.</p><p>2. For the oil to lubricate the pin I didn't know/ have the oil to use and didn't know how it would work with homemade putty so I cut out a circle of baking paper and it worked very well.</p><p>Thanks for the beautiful project.</p>
<p>This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Hi I made one of these and it came out beautifuly however I cant get rid of the gap any sudgestions?</p>
By any chance is there a possibility that you would be willing to craft this and sell it? Im been looking all over the Internet for a gift i could give my husband and came across this page. I dont know much about woodwork or have the tools to craft this item.
<p>Hi Vidauri! Thanx a lot to appreciate that much what I made here. It was my third attempt - or fourth, I stopped counting - and it was definitely one of the most nerve-breaking projects I've ever done. To do this right - and there's no other way to do this right than doing it right - you need a lot of time and patience. I just don't have those, in particular the first. So you saw me coming, I don't think I'll ever build this again. I made it with a lot of love and that was just the only trigger that kept me going. Making this 'for the money' is just not worth it, I'm sorry. </p><p>I'm wishing you best of luck in the search of a present for your husband, and instead of trying to make this version I suggest you to make something less complicated. Your husband will appreciate the effort put in it - especially if you're not used to it.<br>..</p>
I am in the process of making one and could make an extra to sell to you. Send me a message for more info.
I am unclear how the two pieces will not come away from each other when twisting it since their are still the threads on the screw. Could you please explain how this works?
<p>The end of the screw is glued 'immobilised' in one half while the other half (with the screw-head) moves freely (no glue). Hope this is clear enough - and good luck!</p>
Thank you for the quick reply! I get how the glue one end will keep that end of the screw fixed into that half of the piece, but if the threads are still on the other half, as you twist the piece around, won't the half that has the screw head try to move along the axis of the screw like a worm drive?
<p>When you screw the screw in the half which - obviously - will have the screw head, you can easily 'sabotage' the thread zone by continuing the screwing even when the head is at its end. So, by 'screwing' the thread created in the wood the half will not move FROM the other half while turning it. Or you can just drill the hole in this half a bit bigger than the one in the other. Difficult to explain, but I hope I made it clear enough.. </p>
<p>What kind of glue should I use? :)</p>
<p>Wood 'elmers' glue to glue the 2 cubes, CA to immobilise the threaded part in one heart-half. Hope this is clear enough? </p>
<p>I am at the end of step 4 but I cannot separate my two pieces. How did you separate your pieces?</p>
<p>I'm affraid your glue's gone too far - in the best case scenario there shouldn't be glue between the two pieces.. So, take the piece in both hands and turn your hands in opposite directions. All or nothing, good luck!</p>
Lots of fun this one. Im happy with how it turned out. Thanks for the ideas. I used 2 pieces of 2x2 pine with red mahogony stain.
<p>Awesome colour, that grain is perfectly highlighted!</p>
Second one. Wood is cherry. Thanks for the instructable :)
<p>Near to perfection, you definitely nailed it!!!</p>
<p>I used a bamboo peg that I made and it eliminated the gap</p>
Darn gap. I should have clamped it properly. Phenomenal instrucible.
My unfinished one. :) made it wih a bunch of popsicle sticks. *Still making the mechanics part*
<p>Lacquered Teak. Amazing finish and texture.</p><p>Basic idea was from here!<br>Thanks a tonn</p>
<p>Made it(:<br>It's a little edged but I like it...</p>
<p>is it possible to make it more foldable such a way dat we can put photo of two love birds in each fold of heart?</p>
<p>Someone realised this in another instructable. Yes it can!</p>
Would you have to start with the 4x4? Or could you use a board of appropriate thickness?
<p>I discovered that the bigger the initial blocks, the preciser I could work. My very first was a complete disaster since I started with two small planks. Give it a try, and good luck!</p>
Made my own, I liked the idea and used several ideas from your post! However I didn't drill all the way through for the screw
<p>It's beautiful! Can you elaborate on how you did the screw part? I have been having difficulties with the last few I made.</p>
For my own I screwed half way through each piece, and then I cut a screw in half and screwed each side in, it can unscrew but using a screw with lots of threads.
<p>Congratulations Daniel, you made a wonderful piece of art! What wood did you use? The colour is just splendid!</p>
I used Purple Heart and mahogany! :) after this picture I used a natural oil too! I like the idea thanks
<p>What a fantastic project. I made mine out of Purple heart and deviated from the original in that I screwed the two blocks together right from the start. Eliminated the gluing and it allowed me to drill all of the holes accurately to accept the pivot screw and then the plug that I put into the hole. It also allowed me to check the fit while shaping. Very chuffed.</p>
<p>Congrats my friend, you did a hell of a great job! Excellent wood choice btw, this turns out really nice! How were the reactions? ;)</p>
Thank you! Reactions were very good and it had a wonderful impact on the lady in question. I had it couriered to her just yesterday and she could not believe I made it myself. Thanks for the project.
<p>Because you threw it to her head? </p><p>Just kidding!!! Glad it inspired you and I hope it won't disturb your life too dramatically...</p>
Made with babinga and no holes for the post.
<p>Love this!</p>
This is spectacular, I guess I'm going to be taking at least 5 tries to get it right. I would like to know if it's possible to do this without wasting so much wood?
<p>With this method, not really. For what it's worth, you can easily get a piece of scrapwood for free in your local sawmill and what you're calling 'waste' can be reused in other projects. Good luck!</p>
Thanks for the instructable! I made one for my girlfriend with 25 year aged pecan, I just had to make blocks out of it at first. The first time I used a crappy 4x4 and it broke apart on the samder as I was finishing. Anyway, great job!
<p>Great! Do you have a picture?</p>
Hey thanks man!
That is beautiful. Nice eyehole up top, I was planning on doing the same thing.
Nice work! Congratulations!!!

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