|Project by FloridaArt||posted 11-27-2011 02:36 AM||3898 views||7 times favorited||4 comments|
December, 2011—A friend commissioned a heart-shaped box. This is what I came up with this time. It is made completely of pine except for the little heart pulls which are made from naturally red blood wood. I decided to make this project “pop” a little by using contrasting colors. The drawers are natural pine, unstained. The body is stained with MinWax “Red Chestnut” oil base stain. The stain almost gives the pine the same coloring as the blood wood.
Because I do not have a riser in my 14-inch band saw, the thickest cut I can make is about 5-3/8 inches. I wanted this to be a little taller than that so I created the base with the feet as a separate unit, and then glued it to the main body. It’s from the same pine blank so it is an excellent match.
It may not show in the photos too well, but the main “heart” stand proud of the feet by about an eighth of an inch in the front. After I applied the stain, I lightly sanded the front of the feet so they would slightly contrast in color to the main body, and not distract from the heart shape. Over everything is a water-base semi-gloss from Rust-oleum applied with a brush.
-- Art | Bradenton, Florida