|Project by lanwater||posted 01-31-2011 10:45 PM||3758 views||25 times favorited||36 comments|
I made this box for my wife as a valentine gift.
I purchased the plan “Heart shaped jewelry box” from woodcraft.
I did not installed a music box as called for in the plan. I also dropped the height by 1/2” It thought it was too bulky with the original size.
The wood used is Padauk and the small inlay stip (3/16) is pine ( I am not sure it was from a scrap piece).
I had to find padauk boards wide enough (8 1/2 inches) so I do not get extra lines by glueing boards together.
It is needless to say it was expensive.
The padauk was not easy to sand. It was cloging my drum sanger pretty quick altough I was extrta carefull in taking very little every pass.
It gumms the belt every 2 passes and I got burn marks.
I used the hand planes instead on the board and used the drum sander on the box body.
I also had to pull my old hadsaw since my badsaw has a 6” resaw capacity. I do not have the riser block. I thought I will never need it when I purchased my bandsaw. I made 2 cuts on the table saw about 2” deep on 2 opposite sides and cut the rest with the hadswaw.
The top and bottom were pattern routed using a template I made out of 1/4” MDF.
The outside of the body was done on the bandsaw.
The inside, which is made of 3 boards stacked, was cut on the scroll saw one board at the time before glue up. I did that to avoid bandsaw entry line (2 of them were needed)
This time I did not spray the black suede on the bottom but bought some sheets from walmart (37 cents/ 12×12 piece).
The hinges are SOS invisible hinges and the bottom 3 Brusso feet (not shown) are brass.
The finish is shellac and wax.
I also left the box in sunlight (not direct sun) the darken the color a little.
Notice the inlay changed color quite a bit. The orange/red sanding dust from the pauduk bled on the strip.
It was a fun and not difficult project to do.
Material cost is over $60. The hinges alone were $28/pair.
As always any suggestion is welcome.
-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA