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Wedding Gift

  • September 4, 2016
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John Card
John Card
John Card
John Card

I wanted to make a wedding gift instead of buying one. The lucky couple are horse people, so why not a horseshoe. It is made from one board of oak wood with a walnut accent piece. While routing the names, it became apparent that but jointing the two pieces together was not sufficient to hold together, so I added the heart to the front which was a perfect place to include the wedding date. For added strength, I carved out a heart shape on the backside along the joint and glued in a piece of walnut for contrasting color. I routed over the edges and finished it with a clear spray coat. If I was to make this again, I would use a different joint for better strength, probably a lap joint. Another option would be to use dowels for strength. I used braided twine to hang it for display, but it could easily have the bottom sanded flat for display on a shelf.

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      • ONE BOARD OF OAK WOOD & A SMALL PIECE OF WALNUT WOOD.

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  • What a personal and beautiful gift! Your friends must have really love this. The wood you chose is really beautiful- great job on the finish. Thanks for sharing your work, and congrats to Billy and Jerrika!
    By RYOBI Nation, on September 5, 2016
    • Thank You so much. They were extremely happy with their gift.
      By John Card, on September 5, 2016

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Wedding Gift

by John Card
Sep 04, 2016
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I wanted to make a wedding gift instead of buying one. The lucky couple are horse people, so why not a horseshoe. It is made from one board of oak wood with a walnut accent piece. While routing the names, it became apparent that but jointing the two pieces together was not sufficient to hold together, so I added the heart to the front which was a perfect place to include the wedding date. For added strength, I carved out a heart shape on the backside along the joint and glued in a piece of walnut for contrasting color. I routed over the edges and finished it with a clear spray coat. If I was to make this again, I would use a different joint for better strength, probably a lap joint. Another option would be to use dowels for strength. I used braided twine to hang it for display, but it could easily have the bottom sanded flat for display on a shelf.