Picture of Wooden Heart Wind Chime
I made this for my girlfriend for Valentine's day, but there's never a bad time to give your girlfriend (or boyfriend, or anyone) a wooden heart windchime. I wanted to make her something and had some offcuts of ash lying around, and this is what I came up with.

(Note: I'm describing this as a wind chime, but how much chiming it will do is questionable. It's more of a visual thing really, though the ash I used makes a nice quiet clinking noise when knocked together. I'm sure there are ways of controlling the pitch and timbre of the noise using different materials and dimensions - length, bore, etc. - but this isn't what I was going for here.)

5 short lengths of wood (preferably hardwood - I used ash) approx. 6" x 1.5" x 3/4" but scale as you wish
Polyester thread or similar
Small brass screw eye

Fine saw
Drill and various bits (preferably a drill press, but a cordless driver should work)
Sandpaper of various grits ~60-400 (or ideally a belt sander and belts)
Whittling knife

Step 1: Mark Out

Picture of Mark Out
Mark out your design on your timber. I found it made it easier to tape it together for this. Leave one piece for your cross piece.

Step 2: The sawing bit

Picture of The sawing bit
Mark out and cut off as much as possible with square cuts. Use a straight block against the workpiece if it's not straight. Getting the ends square will make the next bit easier.
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bruce50002 years ago
my sister is a windchim nut see,ll love a handmake one thanks for the how to
hgkjggjgjhg2 years ago
that's pretty neat
bajablue2 years ago
I'm guessing the sound would be like a thump... as in "My heart thumps for you!".

lol... just trying to be helpful! Cute idea and beautiful work, too.
Kiteman2 years ago
Oh, this is really nice.

I hope she loved it.
Lovely! I love the look of just wood. Nothing fancy, just all natural!