I designed this in Sketchup (free version) and made my cutting templates from there.
This project originated from a video produced by Steve Ramsey over at
Step 1: Prepare Your Blank(s)
Material required: (Rough Dimensions)
1 -½ x 7x 9 (Outer Heart)
2 –¼ x 5 x 7 (Inner Heart)
1 –½ x 6 ¼ x 6 ¼ (Base)
I used oak cut-offs however
Any material will do!
Step 2: Material Preparation (Large Heart)
It is 1/2" thick!
Step 3: Inner Heart Material
They will be placed back to back with double sided tape, drilled and trimmed to shape.
Step 4: Layout
- Cut out and attach your template for the inner heart.
- Drill a 1 ½” hole, this will be where your picture sits.
Step 5: Cut Your Shapes
Leave a small amount around your design for sanding to the line.
Step 6: The Outside Heart
To cut the inside of the heart, make an entrance point at the bottom point of the heart
Step 7: Close the Cut
Step 8: Design & Rout the Picture Holder
I routed the shapes freehand with the pieces taped down to my workbench. Because you are removing so little material there is no problem controlling the router (Picture 2)
Step 9: Form the Inner Heart
Step 10: Sanding & Routing
Step 11: The Base
If you have a circle cutting jig for your bandsaw it is very easy to obtain a perfect 6" circle.
If you would like to build a circle jig, I found this instrcutional video on the web from the Wood Workers Guild of America.
Jig; See Photo 2
Step 12: Attach the Frame
When you have a nice snug fit , glue the heart to the base..
Step 13: Wrap It Up
Have Fun ....... always wear your safety gear so you can enjoy woodworking for many more years!