|Project by randi||posted 10-11-2010 02:08 AM||6165 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
Neice’s third Birthday is coming up, and I saw some heart shaped bandsaw boxes on here that some folks had made, so I figured I would make an attempt and do it a little differently.
This was a solid piece of 12/4 cherry, aproximately 5”x5”
I layed out the rough shape I wanted
I cut a top and a bottom aprox 3/8” thick from the slab, by clamping it in the SCMS and slowly lopping them off, as to avoid deflection, and also to give the blade a fighting chance.
I then took the remaining chunk and the two pieces I cut off and cut them into the heart shape on the bandsaw.
Instead of the way I have seen it done by halving the main box chunk, I opted to use a drill press to drill a series of holes around the inner edge of the box to leave a pattern to be cut by my scroll saw.
The bottom and box portion were sanded flat on the belt sander, and glued together.
Did the same with the top edge and the box top.
I tried to do a hidden hinge pivot, but my original try was slightly off. So I opted to drill straight through the top and the portion. Using a 1/4” piece of brass rod as the hinge.
I didnt sand this anywhere near what I wanted to, not enough hours in the day, but it looks OK for a little kid to use, and is pretty durable.
I rubbed on a coat of mahogany minwax polyshades (I know stuff sucks but it was i a small amount left in a can) and it seems to look OK.
If I made one for an adult I would probably spend much more time finishing sanding.
Added some decorative felt and plastic mirror sheet to the bottom to liven up the interior for a little girl.
Peronally I liked the look of the wood grain, but this will be more interesting to her I am sure.
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