|Project by Tennessee||posted 03-03-2013 07:28 PM||1480 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
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!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com