Locking Heart Boxes

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Project by trasner posted 02-07-2016 08:40 PM 613 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first woodworking project I ever made was a heart-shaped bandsaw box. This was at my local Woodcraft store on Valentine’s weekend 2010. It was a basic design as it was only a one day project, but it started my passion for woodworking. As Valentine’s day 2016 approaches, I found myself thinking about that first project and thought it would be fun to make a new heart shaped box. The results are these locking heart boxes that were featured in the April 2014 edition of Scrollsaw Woodworking Magazine by John Rhyne.

The first box (one on the lower right picture #1) used the wooden locking mechanism described in the plans. I tried several diff species of wood and even used a piece of acrylic (seen in picture #3) but none worked very well. They either broke or bent making the lock useless. I went back to the drawing board and reconfigured the plans using a small brass lock. This worked much better (see picture #4). I also upgraded the design of the face (picture #2 and #5). The box is made of Walnut with a Birdseye Maple veneer. The outline segment is Purpleheart and the central heart is Padauk. I did like the idea of a wooden key so I cut the shank off the brass key and epoxied into the end of the wooden key (picture #2). It came out really nice, works great and it gets me off the hook this year for chocolate and flowers!

Thanks for looking.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 10:50 PM

Very, very cool!

I would imagine that this will be waaay better than chocolate or flowers as far as your wife is concerned.

One question. How did you secure the lock into the base? Screws, epoxy? This lock gives me a great idea for one of my projects – thank you!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 03:16 AM

I used two small brass screws to affix the lock to the base. You can see them in 4th picture. The lock is is a 1.75” (length) half mortise lock. You can find them on line for about $12.

-- Todd

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 05:51 AM

Beautifuly shaped boxes. Those massive lockers are very good fit on them.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 02:19 AM

Very nice Todd, looks like some more of the wood you bought from me!? Glad to see it being used!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 04:03 PM

Yep. Erwin, besides the Walnut, it was all your stuff. I have been putting it to good use. Hope you are enjoying your travels.

-- Todd

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