Heart joinery box

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Project by SteveKorz posted 2246 days ago 2763 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for my wife. It’s made of white oak with an antique gel stain and high gloss poly. I made some half blind heart style joinery for the front and back. Inside the box, I covered it in textured bright red felt. This box measures 5 1/2” tall by 8” deep, 8” wide.

I learned a lot when I made this box. I don’t normally do boxes with specialty joinery. It was trying at first, but then became easier as I progressed.

It’s also the first box I made where I used felt for the inside. I had spray glue all over the table, the project, my hands, and my left knee. Don’t ask how that happened, I couldn’t tell you (I was blinded by the glue… lol). I enjoyed the process, though.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#1 posted 2246 days ago

Looks great. I like the little heart cushion tabs on the sides – that’s a nice little detail. I bet your wife loves it. Now about all that glue overspray———think you might want to investigate spraying the glue into a cardboard box—- saves a lot of clean up.

Great project——think those speciality joints were fun to make.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#2 posted 2246 days ago

Cool. I have never seen joints like that. How did you make them?

Very nice box.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 2246 days ago

This is gorgeous!

I have heard of the heart shaped dovetail and a doctor, I met (a heart specialist no less), explained how he hand cut them- but I never actually saw one. They must be difficult to make!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 2246 days ago

Those are some neat joints, Steve. Do you cut them with a heart-shaped saw? <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2246 days ago


Beautiful box and your wife will, treasure it for sure. I had the same experience with spray glue once and have niot used it since. It can make a nasty messand get all over everything,

The heart dovetails turned out fantastic. Did you use the jig from Oak-Park to cut them with?

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#6 posted 2246 days ago

Great looking box!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 2246 days ago

Nice box, and like Betsy said you might want to make a drawer to spray into or use a box as she suggested. Don-Jer makes a paint to match the color of the felt which is just hand sprayed onto the paint, looks and feels just like felt without glue.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 2246 days ago

I like the spin on dovetails; turned into hearts. Really cool!

-- Steve-o

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#9 posted 2246 days ago

Heart shaped joints? i`ve never seen such a thing.
they look great. Good job!

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#10 posted 2246 days ago

Really nice, I too would also like to know how you made the heart shape joints?

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#11 posted 2245 days ago

Great looking box. I guess I forgot to mention that I spray the glue outside the shop! I usually spray half then rotate it and spray the second half. At most I’ll get a little spray on my fingers. If I use latex gloves I don’t get any on at all.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 2245 days ago

Thanks all for your comments! The joint, though it looks tough, is actually easy. Hey, I can do it… so anyone can- trust me…. lol.

I use this JIG that I bought at the Woodworking shows this year from Woodline. It’s only advertised here with a single template as a basic set. The set I bought is the deluxe set. It can do hearts, locks and keys, lollipops, teddy bears, half blind and thru traditional dovetails, finger joints… on and on. They have many templates for it. It’s also what I used to make the finger joints on this other project. They usually come out fantastic with little practice, as long as you pay good attention to the setup.

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I’ve had a lot of fun with this setup. I’m able to easily do things now that I would not have tackled before without it.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#13 posted 2245 days ago

Very nice Steve, this box looks great.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 2245 days ago

Clever piece of joinery Steve. Very nice box.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 2239 days ago

Ilike this isolouck but I havenot the gueid.

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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