Step 1: Arrow of Light Template
Next I Traced the stencil I made onto a piece of MDF. I then used a scroll saw to cut out the stencil. Finally I sanded out any chatter marks within the template.
Step 2: Routing the Arrow of Light
Clamp the template to the wood your using. I’m using pine. With the router set at the depth you want, run the router though the template. Make sure the router is completely stopped before you lift it to see your work. Otherwise you risk damaging the template. To make things easier I used a vacuum to pick up the saw dust.
Lastly, use a round over bit to ease the edges. Don't forget your safety gear.
Step 3: Paint and Sand
Keep in mind that the paint will seep into the grain along the edge just a tiny bit. You’ll get a clean edge with a sander but it’s not going to sharp %100 sharp due the nature of how pine soaks up paint.
Step 4: Make an Arrow
Make a silhouette like you would a paper heart. Trace it onto the metal and cut it out. Use a ball peen hammer to texture the metal. Heat all the arrowheads with a torch until they discolor. Use sand paper to remove some of the oxidation from the surface. Grind off any sharp edges. Taper the dowel at the end where the arrowhead is going to go. Use a scroll saw to cut a groove in the end of the dowel. Place the arrowhead into the slit and tie it off with a constrictor knot. I also applied some hot glue on the back.
To make the feather part I overlapped electrical tape, cut it to size, put it on, and cut it to shape. The arrow stripes were printed on computer paper and attached to the shaft with clear packing tape.
Step 5: Make the Name Plate
Use photo paper to print out what you want the award to say. Place the photo paper on the award and the plate over it. Secure it with the tacks and use a razor blade to cut away the excess photo paper.
Lastly, screw in eye hooks to the top edge. Use nylon cord to serve as a way to hang the award and to tie in the arrow. Good Luck.