Introduction: 3 Heart Display From Cutoffs
This is a simple decoration that I made for my wife and have also taken to and sold at craft shows! The nice thing is can easily batch several out from scraps in an afternoon and have a nice clean look when finished! Give it a shot and put your own spin on it also!!!!
Tools I used:
I just used some scraps from my cutoff bin. If you were to buy new materials for this you could easily make 2 out of a 1"x4"@8'
little wood glue
few pin or brad nails
Step 1: Lets Get Cutting!
Ok after diving in my scrap bin I came up with a few 1x4 pieces and some that I had ripped down to 1.75" wide.
So lets go ahead and get started with we will need
3 - 1"x4" pieces cut to 6" long
I then traced out 3 stars ( I made a posterboard stencil so I could easily duplicate the hearts. )
and i used my little bandsaw to cut these out. (could use a jigsaw or scrollsaw)
For the frame I used the pieces that were previously ripped down here. I put 45* angles on them but if you would rather do a simple butt joint on them go for it! The way I did it the 2 sides outer points are 7.5" and the top and bottom are 12".
Step 2: A Little Glue and Fire!
OK now I didn't have any pictures of the exciting sanding process as not enough hands to contain the excitement! So after all that fun I let my propane torch give the hearts a warming kiss to make some grain pop!
Then we went ahead and glued the 3 6" pieces long end together and added a little pressure to hold!
(tip if they slide around as you squeeze them together put a dash of table salt in-between the pieces)
After that has set lets get the frame on. again a little glue! This time I like to use the pin nailer to give it all a little reinforcing! (somehow I lost my picture of it together with it all clamped up...)
Step 3: Slap Some Color to It!
I used a white minwax water based stain on the hearts! It gives it some color and lets the grain pop through for some fun individual looks!
and I used espresso penetrating stain (also by minwax) for the rest of this piece.
Now just let it sit and dry!
Step 4: Lets Finish Strong!
Now with stains dry!
I put a little glue on the back of the hearts and get them in place.
after the glue sets I go back and pop a couple pin nails into the back to make sure they stay in place.
I then finished it with a spray on polyurethane!
When I made this I was able to batch out half a dozen in just an afternoon and I was in no rush couple breaks and letting everything dry! Makes for a nice gift, wedding, mothers day, birthday, valentines, or just because you made it! Let me know what you think! and if you liked this please vote for me!!!
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