Heart Shaped Box

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Project by carguy460 posted 02-15-2012 03:13 PM 1514 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a heart shaped box for Valentines day to give to my wife, along with a necklace. Because I’m such an amazing procrastinator, this was finished on the 14th about 1 AM…should have planned ahead a little better since the linseed oil finish isn’t…well…finished!

I’m quite ashamed of my lid fastening method. I had planned to make the lid pivot open and be secured closed with a magnet, but I ran out of time so I instead just used 3 finish nails. Not exactly the prettiest, but it got the job done.

I think the wood is white oak – in the third picture you can see the rough pallet wood that it started as.

I strictly used hand tools for this little box. I’ll admit it was pretty scary slicing the lid off after I had spent so much time shaping the heart by hand, but luckily my saw cut straight! I learned quite a bit on this small project, even though it didn’t turn out quite like I wanted. Epic fail in my mind, but a win in my wife’s mind. Oh well, at least I have a project on LJ’s!

EDIT: Now I’m really ashamed of this thing after seeing the project posted right after mine...

-- Jason K

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 03:55 PM

Jason, you have nothing to be ashamed of. It looks great. I would have never guessed it was cut by hand. You are not the only person to wait until the last minute. One Christmas my wife opened a present that smelled up the whole house of danish oil. I had to wipe off what had seeped out of the pores, after she opened it.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 12:21 AM

It is a bit crude (really, NAILS), but not rude!! Overall, the shape is well done. The wood is okay, for Oak. For a rush job and a first attempt, you did well. My first one went into the wood stove. If your wife liked it, it is a win.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 01:49 PM

Thanks for the kind words!
Paul – This isn’t my first last minute project…a few years ago my wife “comissioned” me to refinish a coffee table around June. I slapped the last coat of poly on the night before Thanksgiving, and we had 8 people comming over for Turkey day lunch…I brought it in that morning and stunk up the house something awful…even the turkey tasted like Poly!
Robert – yes, very crude…I was ashamed of the nails too, but its all I had! Thanks for the comments!

-- Jason K

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