|Project by Kate||posted 03-29-2013 10:13 PM||1181 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I made this box for a customer who wanted a heart shaped box for a project he was working on.
I didn’t want to make it solid because it would have been a lot of waste. So I made a form from 1/4” plywood, in the shape of half a heart, then traced it onto 8/4 walnut. I cut it with my bandsaw and sanded the edges smooth. Then I used a compass to make a 3/8” line parallel to the first cut. That cut gave me the sides of the box. At that point I had two curved pieces 2” high that together made a hollow outline of a heart.
Then I glued oversize pieces of walnut crotch to the sides to make the top on one side and the bottom on the other (I almost glued the wood so I had two right sides, but I caught the mistake in time). I re-cut the curves, following the same lines to make everything flush. I sanded everything, put on some tung oil and the pattern popped right out.
-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com