Heart Box

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Project by mtnwild posted 1654 days ago 2170 views 15 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request for a small box to keep mementos of a lost loved pet.
I’m not an experienced box maker by any means and I wanted something special but did not have a lot to go on.
I spent three days thinking on it and came up with this concept, design.
Applying the concept was a real challenge for me. Getting everything square and aligned is tough. The band saw cuts worried me the most, if they did not cut straight the box was doomed or days of added work would be involved. I tuned the band saw up best I could, put on a new 3/16” blade and it cut great. I was so relieved.
Figured Maple, Walnut, Purple Heart, Ebony.
Well there’s my first serious box attempt, hope you like it, thanks for looking, Jack….................

Yin-yang entry explanation.
Just a box, it does have some dark and light contrasts, however the yin-yang effect come in when it is put to its use by the owner.
As a holder of the memories of the heart, of a lost loved one, feelings of the greatest joys and the deepest sorrows assail us. The best and the worst life has to offer. Lightest of light to darkest of dark.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#1 posted 1654 days ago

Great Job Jack! I like the design and the figured Maple is outstanding.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 1654 days ago

Jack, That’s one AMAZING box, keep up the great work. I know it will be treasured for many many years.

-- James

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#3 posted 1654 days ago

great work

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 1654 days ago

that’s a neat design and nice woods too.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1654 days ago

Excellent piece of work. That is an original and creative design and the workmanship is first class. Hope you don’t mind if I copy it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 1654 days ago

i agree with everyone … great

original , creative and beautiful

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 1654 days ago

What a great original design… count yourself as a box maker…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 1654 days ago

Thanks folks!!
Rich, you go for it!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 1654 days ago

First box? Nice work. I like the originality. Glad you shared with us

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 1654 days ago

I really like your design, its such a nice blend of woods and yet so whimsical. Reminds me of something from Disneyland. It made me smile.

p.s. you should tag this “box” to be sure it shows up on the searches :-)

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 1654 days ago

It’s very unique. I like this box alot.

-- Janice

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#12 posted 1654 days ago

Nice job Jack! You even used my style of hinge, I am a hardware hater:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 1654 days ago

Awesome job on the box, I really like the design. Keep up the good work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 1654 days ago

Yep, that one fine box. You obviously overcame the challange to get it square.

-- Jim

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#15 posted 1654 days ago

Nice looking piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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