Heart Box for Valentine's Day

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Project by leonmcd posted 01-26-2008 06:58 PM 5017 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 01-26-2008 06:59 PM

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 01-26-2008 07:03 PM

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 01-26-2008 07:47 PM

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 01-26-2008 08:33 PM

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

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 01:53 AM

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 01-27-2008 03:02 AM

You did a very nice job indeed.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#7 posted 01-27-2008 03:18 AM

Who says LumberJocks are not romantics? LOL

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

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#8 posted 01-27-2008 07:25 AM


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#9 posted 01-27-2008 10:53 AM

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

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#10 posted 01-27-2008 01:49 PM

Great box.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#11 posted 01-28-2008 05:41 PM

ooooooooooooh wonderful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 01-28-2008 05:48 PM

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 01-28-2008 06:50 PM

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 02-14-2008 09:57 AM

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

-- --Chuck

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#15 posted 03-30-2009 07:33 AM

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

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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