Heart Box

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Project by zlatanv posted 02-18-2010 01:38 AM 2822 views 29 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Heart shaped box for my wife for our anniversary, Feb 15th. Started thinking about making her something the Sunday before, had to have it ready by Thursday, we were going out of town for the weekend and it had to be done. Really love Andy’s boxes with the contours and gentle curves and was thinking of trying one of those. Took out all the hardwood scraps I have been saving and stared at them on my bench for a long time, started drawing a heart and this is what came out. Didn’t have any nice figured maple or enough to glue up for a band saw box so I segmented the shape of the heart and glued it up. Took allot of sanding and shaping and sanding and shaping….and did I mention sanding. Used blood wood for the top and bottom. Wanted it to be rounded like a heart so had to make the walls thicker, top of the walls are about 1/2 in, bottom is about 1/4 in. Barrel hinges were last minute idea, was going to have the top just sit on top with an inset, so it worked out well that the sides were thicker. Used spray lacquer, about 6 coats, tried semi gloss, I liked the look better wet then when it dried so did last few coats in glossy.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 01:43 AM

Wow, That is a very beautiful piece of art! Nice job and it is functional, too.

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 01:44 AM

very nice box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 01:44 AM

VERY NICE. This is going in my favorites.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 02:01 AM

I have never seen such a box… I would love to make one…

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 02:13 AM

Great job

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 02:19 AM

happy anniversary !

bet she loves you even more .

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 02:28 AM

Very nice, impressive.

-- Jason, Central Virginia

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#8 posted 02-18-2010 02:47 AM

Beautiful combination of woods and very unique design. Great job all the way around.

-- John @

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#9 posted 02-18-2010 03:08 AM

WOW! Beautiful box. Well done. Very, very nice.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 02-18-2010 03:08 AM

Excellent! Really nice depth and grain. Those SOSS-type hinges are cool.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#11 posted 02-18-2010 03:12 AM

very nice box, I know that is an understatement, but it is hard to find the right words.

-- Smitty!!!

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#12 posted 02-18-2010 03:13 AM

Beautiful Box ! Nice shape, color, and I just love the idea of the Barrel hinge… lol.. hope the box wasnt given to her empty…. a nice diamond ring would of really set it off… :)

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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#13 posted 02-18-2010 03:55 AM

Very nice!
I love the shaping and cruves you gave it.
I might have tryed to make the maple all out of one piece, but other than that… wonderful project!


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#14 posted 02-18-2010 04:17 AM

Excellent work.

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#15 posted 02-18-2010 04:19 AM

Amazing job on the finish! Beautiful box!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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