Heart Box for Valentine's Day

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Project by leonmcd posted 2398 days ago 4011 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last few years I’ve been making heart shaped boxes for my wife for Valentines Day. This one is made from honey locust, bloodwood, and basswood. The drawer slides from either side so you can show off the red or white side. The box works fine just setting on its side but I decided to create a stand for it.

BTW – The finish looks much better in person. I reduced the image size for posting and I think it lost something in the translation.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#1 posted 2398 days ago

Pretty nice! What kind of boxwood is it?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2398 days ago

I used basswood. Kind of soft for a project like this but I liked the color and the simple grain pattern.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#3 posted 2398 days ago

Very nice box. The finish is excellent.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 2398 days ago

Looks good to me, think I’ve got some wood that could make a box like this by Valentines day.

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Les Hastings

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#5 posted 2398 days ago

Nice box,,,,,,,,,,,,The stand is a great idea too!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#6 posted 2398 days ago

You did a very nice job indeed.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#7 posted 2398 days ago

Who says LumberJocks are not romantics? LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 2398 days ago


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#9 posted 2398 days ago

Very nice box. It never hurts to keep the romance alive.

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#10 posted 2398 days ago

Great box.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#11 posted 2396 days ago

ooooooooooooh wonderful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 2396 days ago

Very nice box. How big is it? Does middle drawer slide all teh way out?

Beautiful finish job! That is where I struggle the most.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#13 posted 2396 days ago

Hawgnutz, the heart drawer is about 5” across (I used a chocolate Valentine heart for a pattern) so the whole thing is about 6 1/2” across. Since I wanted the drawer to work from either side, it does slide all the way out.

I used 3 coats of “Tung Oil Finish” . For each coat I apply a heavy coat of the finish and let it set for 10 – 15 minutes then wipe off the excess and rub it down with a clean cloth. I let it set 24 hours then sand lightly with 0000 steel wool. Then repeat for the next coat. After the final coat, I finish it with Johnson’s paste wax and 0000 steel wool. I just gob the paste into the steel wool and rub it out. I like the glass like feel the wax gives it. Also adds a bit of shine.

I’ve found this combination of “Tung Oil Finish” and paste wax easy to apply and I’m very pleased with the results. The “Tung Oil Finish” does darken lighter woods somewhat.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#14 posted 2380 days ago

Nice little trinket box! I like the choice of wood you chose, they contrast well together.

-- --Chuck

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#15 posted 1970 days ago

Ok I’m 400 odd days late but here just the same and I just LUV it

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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