How to Make a "Quilted Heart" out of Wood. | Amber Seymour | Skillshare

How to Make a "Quilted Heart" out of Wood.

Amber Seymour, Urban Timber Revival

How to Make a "Quilted Heart" out of Wood.

Amber Seymour, Urban Timber Revival

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6 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Cutting the Wood

    • 4. Sand and Paint

    • 5. Heart Assembly

    • 6. Class Project

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to make a "Quilted Heart" out of wood.  I structured the class to be an entry-level woodworking project for beginners.    This class can be "taken up a notch" by framing your project or designing more a complex patterns if you like.    Enjoy!

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Amber Seymour

Urban Timber Revival


Hello, I'm Amber.

I live in the PNW with my family.   I love taking scrap wood, furniture, or other discarded items and creating beautiful artwork and seasonal items.  I love teaching basic woodworking skills to the every day crafter!


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1. Introduction: In today's class, I'm going to teach you how to make a quilted heart, but with a twist. Instead of making it out of fabric or paint, we're going to make it out of wood. My name is Amber and I run urban timber revival and I can't wait to teach you this class. Enjoy. 2. Supplies: Okay, we're gonna start off talking about materials and a little bit of safety equipment. So I'll go through each piece one-by-one for your paint colors. I'm a big proponent of using whatever you have on hand, whether that be spray paint, craft paint, it does not matter. So I picked three colors I like for my heart because this will be for Valentine's Day, this particular piece. Then for your base color, choose whatever color you like. The most popular colors I see are probably a black background or white. So I have two options here. For small incidentals Here, I have wood glue. We need to secure the wood pieces. A little tiny Sander loci sandpaper will do just fine a pencil and I have a square. It serves a double purpose that will keep my heart even, and it also has ruler on it and you'll see why later. For the wood, again, I'm a proponent of using what you have on hand. So I have an old piece of plywood here and I have to put options. One is just a thin piece of lab and the other is a fence for it. So realize when you're making these, that the wider the piece of wood, the bigger your heart will be. So I have a small backer here, this piece of plywood, I will probably use a smaller flat piece. And just to size up as you desire. The main tool I'll be using to make these is a miter size. So if you're new to woodworking or just a beginner, don't be intimidated by this. They're so easy to use. What I would recommend is go ahead and buy the big one. This is my fourth minus odd because I kept buying smaller width and I quickly outgrew it. Something of the sliding arm will serve you for years. So next up is protection. Makes sure that your eyes and ears are protected at all times when using large tools. So any other incidentals we'll just talk about along the way, let's get started. 3. Cutting the Wood: So it's time to get cutting them. That's the first step because we need to get it cut, sanded, and dried before we can get to the fun part. So we're gonna set our miter saw at exactly 45 degrees and you're going to leave it there. It's the only setting, super-easy project. So I will show you how to do that. And I'll walk you through this assuming you have 0 experience with the miter saw. So bear with me. The first step is just cutting off the end piece and getting that first 45-degree cut. So a lot of people get intimidated by cutting the perfect triangle. But the solution as you just simply flip that piece of wood over like I just showed and we're going to cut to that top point. So see I have the blade lined up. As long as you do that, you'll get the perfect triangle. And I am showing another option to some people like to build what they call a jig. And that's basically a stop point for your piece of wood. So if you kinda measure where that blade would hit that top corner and but this piece of wood up against it, you can cut that way too, and that will ensure that every piece is perfect. So it's not required as long as you cut to that top point, you should be fine. But this is just a little extra pro tip that I've learned that helps me. All right, so I'm going to just keep showing you this from different angles. I move the camera around a few times but you can see I'm just taking that would again flipping it, cutting to that top corner and repeat. And one thing I learned from doing these and try not to move your blade, move your piece of wood. That just really ensures that you're getting the perfect cuts every time. And that's important when you're matching up all these pieces so they match. This is a fairly simple project, but when you get to working on larger projects, that's just a little tip that will serve you. So I'm gonna keep showing you this a few different ways and we'll get this wrapped up and move to the next part. 4. Sand and Paint: So after all that cutting, you're probably going to have some rough edges. And so I just take a little piece of sandpaper and take all of that off. And I do make sure both the front and back are sanded because we are going to paint both sides. Depending on the placement of these triangles in your heart, you might be flipping them front-to-back, so we don't want to have to come back later and paint again. It's best just to do it all at France. We're gonna go ahead and speed this up and move on to painting. Okay, this project has 20 triangles. I cut one extra because sometimes things go wrong. You never know I'm doing three colors. So I'm going to divide this into three piles for painting. And it won't be exact because of course we have 20 pieces, but it'll be close enough to give us some variety. So I'm going to do some simple math here. Okay, now it's time to spray paint. Ok, when I'm spray painting, I always find an old piece of witness bracing on because I just don't want to get my bench dirty all the time. So I'm just going to lay these out and pick my first color. And I decided to go ahead and use a spray paint instead of the craft paint because I don't wanna have to wash your brush. So you wanna make sure to get both sides because you might want to flip these around when you're designing your heart. So we'll come back and do that after the stress and clunky. And you can see I use the spray paint boards alive. You can see I used it for Christmas, but that's okay. It's made to get dirty. Why have them? Ok. And a little trick to keeping your spray bottles clinic you don't know is to spray upside down at the end. Kinda cleared them out a little bit. But I'll do that off camera. Okay. We're onto the last color. It's Valentine's Day theme for this peak. So of course it has to be read. So I'm going to let these dry and I'll come back in about 20 minutes and paint the other side. Okay, while we're waiting for those triangles to dry, let's talk about the backer through the magic of camera time. I went ahead and painted it because you all don't need to watch me paint a whiteboard. So what we're gonna do is measure side, this side. This is a rectangle piece, so it's not perfectly square. So I want to make sure I know the centerpiece, the center point rather, no matter which way I decide to orient that and will decide to do that once we start putting the pieces together, well, it look better this way or this way. And we'll find out. 5. Heart Assembly: So now it's time to start putting this altogether. So I'm gonna take this square and I'm going to line it up with my little center mark I had made. And I'm going to build this piece side-by-side that will ensure that each side of the heart comes out perfectly even. And I'm going to allow a little room for movement. I'm just gonna put a little dollop of glue on these pieces and start laying them down in the heart pattern. So I'm going to take a full frontal view of the heart so you can see the pattern to put it together correctly. It's a little easy to get lost for once you've done one or two there, super simple. So now these colors, this is why I painted both sides, because depending on where you place these, you might have to flip them to get the combination you want. So by doing that, I made it easier for myself. So this next part goes a little slow, but you wanna make sure that you're getting that pattern just right. You don't really want to lift up that glue once you have it down in half to touch up your paint, let liters. So just gonna work this nascent slow. I'm just grabbing at different colors, trying to get it to where no two colors touch each other. But sometimes that's a little difficult. But we can always rearrange it at the end. Or you could have built your pattern on the paper next to you and then put it together. Then I'm going to just keep at this. And there we go. So we have one side completely built. So once you have that, you can take your square off and start on the other side. If you wanted to. At this point, you could pause for about a half hour and let that wood glue set. That way you're not going to accidentally push the line on the using good at all catty campus. But I'm gonna go ahead and just be very careful. Another option if you're worried about messing this up, if you have a pin Naylor, he could certainly nail all these little pieces down and that would be totally fine to this project is just such a lightweight small project. I thought the glue was sufficient and taken out to pin Naylor wasn't really warranted here. So I'm just gonna go ahead and finish up these last few pieces. And hopefully I don't have too much of the same color concentrated. And you'll kinda look at the end and see if you want to move things around. Okay, so I'm just going to wipe off any excess glue I may have spilled and tighten up any of those little gaps that I think this is looking good. So there you go. There's your wood quilted heart. So the wood glue has set for a while now and it's done its job. It's stable. So what do we wanna do this piece? We could frame it. We could do a leaner. I decided since a heck, some cute ribbon and my stash that I'm just gonna drill some holes in the top here and thread some ribbon through it. So I have two choices. I have some pink and I have some red. So kind of looking at these two, I think I'll choose the red. Okay, so I'm gonna grab my drill and just get holes in both of those corners. So and made sure that my bit was big enough so that ribbon could fit through its kinda chunky. So we'll see how this works. So we're just going to get those holes in there and then I'm going to probably have to clean that up a little bit with the sander. Not a big deal. Yeah. It's a little messy, so we'll get that cleaned up real quick. And we'll get that ribbon. So this ribbon knows a little more than I bargained for. It was really chunky, so I grabbed a paintbrush to help me kind of force it through. So I'm threading it from back to front. And once I get it through the front, I'm just time and not and that's enough to secure it. So this is been a little stubborn. Okay. We're almost there. Just tie that off real quick and you you're gonna want to get some scissors and trim that off the front. And there it is. So now is done. I noticed I had two colors kinda close together, so I came back and painted this pink to even it out a little bit. But that was the end result. So I'm gonna go take this outside and hang it up and see how it looks. 6. Class Project: Before we get to the final review and the class project, I just wanted to show a close-up picture. So you have this, you have the exact pattern and structure for when you build your own. I also put it in the class notes. So your class project is to build a heart of your own. I would love it if you would post pictures and how it really love to see it in different color applications. So I'm also posted a few extra pictures. I made a few more, one in black frame and one in white. Just so you can see different applications of the same piece of work and how it might work for you. So I hope you enjoyed the class and I hope to see you next time. Thank you.