Six Sweet Gifts for Your Sweetheart for Sweetest Day
Candymakers distributed more than 20,000 boxes of candy in Cleveland, Ohio for the first Sweetest Day and this year’s Sweetest Day will be celebrated Oct. 21. Though candymakers thought they could make a buck off a created holiday, you can score points at home with a thoughtful gift.
T50R.E.D Professional Staple Gun and Nailer from Arrow Fastener
The Little Burros
DeWalt ToughSystem DS450 Mobile Storage
Handmade Garden Toolbox
Wooden Cutting Board
Here’s how: Apply photo mount adhesive to pieces of 1/4-in. hardwood plywood, firmly press on the photos to be sculpted, then cut out the figures with a scroll saw. Make some wood bases from scrap wood and glue on the sculptured photos with Special-T cyanoacrylate glue (about $11). This glue will tightly bond the sculpture’s bottom edge to the base, so you won’t need to fiddle with notches or screws.
Hints for great-looking sculptures:
- Use a sharp No. 2 or No. 4 ‘skip tooth’ blade (about $24).
- Change blades when the sawn ‘paper edge’ appears slightly ragged.
- Select a medium or high speed and feed the work at a slow rate, pressing the wood firmly on the table as you saw.
- When choosing photos to sculpt, look for clearly outlined subjects so it’s easy to follow the cutting line. Hair or clothing that blends into the background is difficult to cut.
Hang artwork properly and level when you’re done.