Picture of Mother's Day Handprints in a solid wooden frame

I'm sure most of you out there have heard of, seen or made the childrens hand-print molds with the pie tin and plaster of paris.
My fiance wanted to help her niece and nephew make some hand-prints for their mom for mothers day. That gave me an idea for the molds. Instead of using a pie tin, I had an idea to make round wood frames that surround and hold the hand-prints securely. as an added bonus, It is much easier to install a wall hanger on these and they look very nice when finished.

Each of these were made with some re-claimed wood. (2X8") The actual wood was once used as part of the frame-work for a stage that the childrens father and his band practiced on. So there is a added bit of sentiment there.

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Step 1: Gather and prep your blanks

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I grabbed an old  2X8 and cut  7-1/2"X7-1/2" squares I cut around the knots in the square blanks. (there are two kids so times this by 2).

Step 2: Mount the workpiece to your lathe.

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I mounted these to the lathe with a worm screw. This requires me to mark the centers, drill a hold large enough to allow the worm screw to screw into. then cut the corners using your miter saw.
After you tighten the worm screw into the chuck you can bring the workpiece up and tighten it down to the face of the jaws by screwing it onto the worm screw.

Step 3: Rough turn the outside and form a chuck recess.

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Now you need to rough round the outside edges and form a chuck recess on the (current) face of the block (this will be flipped over and make the other side of the block the actual front of the frames.) the recess is about 2 1/2" inches and about 1/4"- 3/8" deep.

After you form the chuck recess, sand the current face (this is currently the back of the frame) to 220 grit, that should be fine...
SlickSqueegie (author) 2 years ago
LOL! I think he would like it until the robot starts zapping Godzilla!
You do just a wonderful job with woodworking! And Goliath's handprints look great :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you so much.. Its these word of encouragement that keep me posting them...