Fretwork Heart Box

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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 555 days ago 944 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fretwork heart box I made for my wife’s Valentine’s day present. It’s made from a modified plans from Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine. The lid and base are Walnut and the body of the box is Maple. The fretwork is filled with Polymer clay then cured in the oven. I finished the box with 4 coats of Minwax Polyacrylic gloss spray. See my blog for how I built it.

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#1 posted 555 days ago

Nice work! Bet she is thrilled.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 555 days ago

Neat design. I have never seen the clay done, nice.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 555 days ago

That is a beautiful box and fine work on the scroll sawing.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 555 days ago

That’s one fine box.

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#5 posted 555 days ago

Thank you all for your kind comments!

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#6 posted 555 days ago

Great scrollwork and the polymer is reminiscent of the ivory inlays so popular in the past. Altogether very nice and well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 555 days ago

Now that is a very well done box. I like the wood contrast, and the fretwork is excellent. I also like the clay filler. I have never seen clay used as a filler, but it turned out beautiful. I use epoxy as a filler, the 24 to 48 hour cure time is a pain along with the constant fight to remove the air bubbles. I will make a trip to Steve’s site to find the stuff and give it a try – thanks for the tip.
I’m sure your wife is very please with her gift – excellent work.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#8 posted 555 days ago

That is one beautiful looking box .
Love the scroll top and he clay filler has me thinking .
Nice choice of colours .

-- Kiefer 松

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#9 posted 554 days ago

Thanks for viewing and your kind comments guys!

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#10 posted 553 days ago

great detail

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