Heart Box

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Project by mtnwild posted 01-17-2010 09:17 PM 2835 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 01-17-2010 09:21 PM

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 01-17-2010 09:38 PM

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 01-17-2010 09:53 PM

great work

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 01-17-2010 09:54 PM

that’s a neat design and nice woods too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-17-2010 10:24 PM

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 01-17-2010 10:36 PM

i agree with everyone … great

original , creative and beautiful

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 01-17-2010 10:44 PM

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

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 01-17-2010 11:27 PM

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 01-17-2010 11:49 PM

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 01-18-2010 12:10 AM

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 01-18-2010 12:56 AM

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

-- Janice

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#12 posted 01-18-2010 01:09 AM

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

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 01-18-2010 03:18 AM

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 01-18-2010 05:59 AM

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

-- Jim

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#15 posted 01-18-2010 07:13 AM

Nice looking piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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