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Heart for my sweetie

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 02-14-2018 11:28 AM 918 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a heart-shaped box I made for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day over three weekends and a few evenings. I started cutting out the top and bottom from a piece of cherry I had resawn and planed smooth, and which had cracked, so I wasn’t able to use it for anything larger. The sides were a chunk of oak with the middle cut out with a bit and brace and then a coping saw.

Then there was a lot of shaping. Spokeshave, rasps, a block plane, files and sandpaper were all used. Plus chisels and rasps to cut a rabbet around the edge of the bottom and of the lid so they will sit inside the box.

I was experimenting with the finish on this. I mixed some white Wunderfill from Rockler with red TransTint dye, and thinned it with water. When applied to the inside, I couldn’t get it to completely fill the grain of the oak, but it didn’t look horrible. And when I put some orange shellac over the top of it, it looked pretty good. I called that good for the inside of the box and glued on the bottom, leaving the inside of the bottom with only two coats of orange shellac over the natural cherry.

I mixed up another thinner batch of filler and dye and applied it to the outside of the oak, then thinned it a little more and put a wash of it over both sides of the cherry top, and the outside of the bottom. Then I sanded it lightly with wet-dry sandpaper to remove most of the filler from the surface, hit it with two coats of orange shellac, and then about a dozen super-thin coats of platina shellac. I mostly brushed on the shellac, though the last coat was padded on.

I didn’t manage to fill the pores of the oak with red as I had initially intended, but I think the effect came out ok. The pores on the sides of the box are definitely redder than the surrounding wood. Next time I’ll leave more time for multiple applications so I can make sure to fill the pores completely.

The handle is a scrap of macacauba carved into a heart shape and attached to the lid with a dowel. The bottom and the handle are glued on with Titebond III, as it will cure at colder temperatures than my usual Titebond II, and my shop temperature was around 40 through most of the construction.

-- Dave - Minneapolis





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 11:37 AM

Very nicely crafted. I;m quite sure she;ll love it and you for it.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 12:42 PM

Dave, you did a nice job on this. I enjoyed following the build on the swap site. I bet she loves it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 02-14-2018 01:12 PM

Thanks, Russell and Jeff. It ain’t perfect, but what that we make is? And the chocolates inside sure won’t hurt. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 02-14-2018 01:31 PM

Good job, Dave. I’m sure she’ll love it!

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#5 posted 02-14-2018 01:35 PM

It was a well thought out gift Dave. You put your heart (pun) into it and the thought will be worth it alone.
I’m surprised it’s not more red from looking at the previous pics. You deserve some of the candy inside too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 02-14-2018 01:58 PM

Thanks, Ron! No electrons were harmed…

Dave, I intentionally knocked back the red. My vision was a dark oak with red-filled pores. Got about halfway there. The inside is a darker red too, but it’s hard to see in the photos.

And I may have had to do some “quality control” on the candy to make sure it was good enough to give to my honey. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 02-14-2018 03:02 PM

very nice Dave …i also enjoyed following along ….and all by hand….WOW …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 02-14-2018 04:28 PM

Thanks, Tony! It was a fun build. Glad you enjoyed watching.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 02-14-2018 05:24 PM

Glad you got it finished on time Dave. Lots of work there and it looks really nice!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#10 posted 02-14-2018 06:03 PM

Me too, Duck. Thanks!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 02-14-2018 07:09 PM



Thanks, Ron! No electrons were harmed…

- Dave Polaschek

... and that, my friend, makes it even more special. LOL!

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#12 posted 02-14-2018 09:47 PM

Dave, sweet!!! :)

-- Art

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#13 posted 02-14-2018 09:52 PM

Thanks again, Ron. Thanks, Art!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#14 posted 02-15-2018 12:50 AM

Well, she loved it. And she shared some of her chocolate with me! Woohoo!:-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#15 posted 02-15-2018 05:44 AM

Nice and sweet -for sweet!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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