Printer Friendly

Hardwood heart from the workshop...it holds a mirror.

Hardwood heart from the workshop . . . it holds a mirror

Finished hardwood encases this mirror to make a special gift for Valentine's Day. The front pivots on a screw to expose a mirror that's glued into a circular depression in the back. You can make it in about 2 hours.

You'll need a saber, jig, coping, or band saw for cutting out the heart, a drill with 3/32-, 5/32-, and 1/4-inch bits, a router with a straight bit and 1/4-inch rounding-over bit, a hole saw with a diameter slightly larger than your mirror's diameter (optional), and sandpaper. You'll also need:

2 4-inch squares of 3/8-inch-thick hardwood (we used oak), or a 1-inch-thick, 4-inch square to cut in half

1 3/8-inch plug, or short length of dowel of the same or a contrasting wood

1 1/2-inch #6 flat-head woodscrew

1 round mirror, about 2 inches in diameter (if necessary, buy an inexpensive purse mirror at a variety store and remove the backing)

White glue

Penetrating oil sealer and paste wax

Masking tape

Sand the surfaces of the two hardwood squares (or slice a thicker block in half with a table or band saw so grains will match, and sand all surfaces).

Center and trace the mirror on the back piece. Use a router with a straight-sided bit or a hole saw (with the pilot extending no more than 1/8 inch beyond its teeth) and create a 1/8-inch-deep depression slightly larger than the tracing. Sand the depression sides and bottom.

With the front taped to the back, draw a heart shape; use a saber, jig, coping, or band saw to cut through both layers.

Use a router with a 1/4-inch rounding-over bit to contour their edges. (You may want to invert and clamp router atationary and manipulate heart halves by hand.)

Using the drawing below as guide, drill the hole for the flat-head screw.

With white glue, put the mirror in place. Screw the front heart to the back, tightening until the pieces sit flush unless deliberately moved. Sand all exterior surfaces.

Glue the plug or dowel in the screw hole, taking care not to get any glue on the head of the screw (a dab of paste wax will help protect it). Cut the plug and sand flush. Finish with several coats of sealer and a coat of wax.

Woodworker Dan Bennett designed the mirror case.

Photo: Heart-shaped hardwood mirror casing can fit into purse. Almost-invisible plug covers pivot screw near point

Photo: Front heart screws to back, which holds glued-in mirror. Wooden plug will hide screw

Photo: Drill 3/32-inch hole for screw point through front piece into back, then drill two larger holes in front to accommodate screw head and plug
COPYRIGHT 1986 Sunset Publishing Corp.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1986 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Sunset
Date:Feb 1, 1986
Words:461
Previous Article:Easy-to-sew dolls carry your valentine greetings.
Next Article:Unrecognizable basement, can you spot the ductwork?
Topics:


Related Articles
Where'd you get that tie? The workshop.
Baltimore joins timber ban bandwagon.
NATURAL HARDWOODS MAKE ENVIRONMENTAL SENSE IN THE HOME; WISE MANAGEMENT HELPS THE FOREST RESOURCE RENEW ITSELF
NATURAL HARDWOODS MAKE ENVIRONMENTAL SENSE IN THE HOME; WISE MANAGEMENT HELPS THE FOREST RESOURCE RENEW ITSELF
Hardwood Development Council works to expand Pennsylvania industry.
Hardwood Development Council works to expand Pennsylvania industry.
FLOORING ROADS MEET IN HANNOVER: THE LARGEST ASSORTMENT OF CARPETS, RUGS AND FLOORING OPENS ON JANUARY 17.
Trunk call for Irish Farmers.
AHEC to host networking event and workshop in conjunction with 'Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show 2009'.
American Hardwood gains seal of approval from leading designers and architects at 'ifi09 Dubai'.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters