Tsunami Earring Box

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Project by Tennessee posted 03-03-2013 07:28 PM 1759 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a commission I took from a person in Colorado. She had this old plastic earring holder which was falling apart, and saw my Bouquet of Hearts box, and saw that I could make a heart. Asked if I could duplicate the plastic thing. (See the last picture)
Well, one thing led to another, and long story short, lost my shorts on this one. Added the second row of earring rods, and made it swivel with a steel post epoxied into the bottom of the heart, and mated to a plain bearing embedded into the top of the box. Figured during building it I could sell future ones for a lot more! Hopefully!! It started out as a simple heart doweled to a simple one drawer box, with four simple rods through the heart. No problem, eh’? Add another row, don’t forget end caps since it’s gonna turn, and let’s make it swivel! Argh!! And they were my ideas!!

The heart is canarywood, the rods are poplar with maple end caps, actually dowel plugs I drilled to press fit on the rods, with a drop of epoxy on each. The holes in the heart were a hoot to drill on my drill press! I ended up using 3/16” rod, and drilled the holes 1/64th larger, and shot a 23 gauge pin nail on one end of each rod through the canarywood, holding the rods fast. I also shaped the length of the rods to make them kind of follow the perimeter of the heart.
The heart is 8 1/2” high, 7 1/2” wide, about 2 inches deep.
The main box is 12 inches long, with one drawer with three sections. Canarywood handle on the drawer. Top is African Mahogany, two layers of black walnut, and the bottom is maple. Great use of scraps around the shop!!
Finish is three coats of spray lacquer, buffed and polished with Butcher’s wax.
You can see the plastic one I duplicated it from in the last photo.
It should hold between 40 and 50 sets of earrings.
Thanks for lookin, and as always, copy it if you want!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 03-03-2013 08:10 PM

Nice build there Paul….Great job using those scraps and the finish is top shelf sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 03-03-2013 10:13 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 12:26 AM

Looks nice. I’d prefer balls instead of plugs on the ends of the rods. Maybe the bead stores have something like that?

Those extra ideas that we come up with have a name at work…it’s called “spec creep”. It comes from looking at the product and thinking, “It would be a little better if I just added/subtracted/changed just this”. And before you know it, the thing is better but cost you a BUNCH more money that you won’t get back, and it’s more in terms of engineering than the customer specified. In your case, you might chalk it up to R&D, since you may sell more with the improvements.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 01:00 AM

I agree with the balls. I actually had a few in stock, but not enough. I was in so deep, and the nearest hobby store is two gallons of gas out and back, not to mention my time, so when I saw the plugs hanging in the bag on the wall…well, you know how it goes! At least the flat ends inward do stop the earrings dead, I tried!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 10:29 PM

Stunning work! Wonderfully inspired! One of a kind band saw box!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 03:40 PM

Great idea on the swivel heart and the rods. Makes a great display for earrings and the band saw box is beautiful as well.

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 04:23 PM

Nice unusual box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 08:28 PM

Thanks to all. The new owner loves it!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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