3/8"x2"x2 1/2" Basswood
See the Wood Carving section for more instructions, hints and tips.
- Layout the perimeter of the acorn on the piece of basswood. The grain runs through the stem and point.
- Cut it out using a scroll saw or coping saw.
- Draw the line between the cap (top) and nut (bottom).
- Make a stop cut at the bottom of the cap.
- Take the bottom down about 1/8".
- Round the sides of the cap and nut all the way to the back. Leave a point at the bottom of the nut.
- Take the stem down about 1/8". Be careful because it will break easily. Make your cuts from the top to the bottom.
- Round the stem.
- Sand the nut smooth.
- Make V cuts for the cross hatch on the cap. Make them as close or far apart as you want. You can either do this with a V gouge or with a knife. Try to avoid the area right around the stem. Make the V cuts on the flat top first and then work them down around the edges.
- Attach a PVC ring to the back with E-6000 glue.
- To complete it, you want the top dark with a dull, flat finish and the bottom light with a glossy finish. You can achieve this by first painting with acrylic and then painting the top with a matte finish and the bottom nut with a glossy clear finish.
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