Heart shaped bandsaw box as a special gift!

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Project by Navig8r posted 07-14-2011 03:37 PM 4598 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend and I wanted to make something special as a gift for my God daughter for her christening. Got lots of help with the design and details along the way from my girlfriend.

My previous bandsaw box was practice, and now it was time to have at it.

My first attempt for this was with a solid cedar block I cut from a log. It was a bit small, and I had trouble holding the cut in the curve for the drawer, and ruined it… Back to the drawing board!!

Decided to use maple because I like the feel, and color, and thought it would color the way we wanted it to with stain. Started with a length of 1×8… glued up with Titebond 3.

As I said, I had lots of design help, which I usually need when making something others (not just myself) might appreciate. In fact, all design and finish credit goes to my girlfriend.. I am merely the laborer on this one!

‘Signature’ is done with water-based Sharpie marker… The heart and accent is a stamp.

Finished with Minwax water based “Antique Rose” stain, and 3-4 coats of spray on Miwax Polycrylic, Satin.

Looks ‘pinker’ than in the pics, which was the desired effect.
Our hope is that it will not only be a great item for a little girl’s room, but simple enough to be appreciated forever!

I welcome any thoughts and comments!!!

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#1 posted 07-14-2011 04:21 PM

Very nicely done! She should treasure it for years. I have made a few bandsaw boxes as gifts and I think they are truly appreciated.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#2 posted 07-14-2011 06:38 PM

Hello Navig8r

This is a fantastic job

I like the design the color

What size ?

Your god daughter will be happy with a so beautiful box

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 07-14-2011 07:08 PM

Thanks guys… The size is approximately 7”wide by 6 1/2” high

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#4 posted 07-14-2011 07:10 PM

I did one of those for Valentines day for LOML. They sure are a LOT of fun… Yours looks really nice too. The color is sure unique. I bet she loves it!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#5 posted 07-14-2011 08:46 PM

I really like the design of your new box. Nice job.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 07-17-2011 02:57 AM

that is very kool, very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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