|Project by jumbojack||posted 08-25-2013 03:31 PM||1280 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
My sister, a school teacher and Administrator for her school district, collects heart shaped stones she finds on her forays to the ocean. She is a very special person, so as a surprise I crafted a heart box to store and display her collection.
The lid and bottom are Orange Agate. I searched through a huge stack, at Woodcraft, for a board with a cathedral grain pattern. I wanted to mimic the heart shape on the lid and the inside. I picked the best pattern for the lid then resawed the 15/16” board and bookmatched them to come up with the pattern. I left the lid a little proud of the sides which are from a redwood tree that was felled here in the neighborhood. I took as much as I could and have used it in quite a few of my projects. I purposely over sanded the sides taking away a little of the soft growth, giving the sides a stone like feel. The top looked bland so I fashioned a little heart pull out of the redwood. I flocked a piece of 3/16” ply for the lid stay. I was going to use the Agate but I thought it might make the lid too heavy. I carved some little feet as the box was hard to pick up lying flat. I started with 3/4” x 3/4” piece and carved with a drum sander, file and pocket knife the little heart shape and then cut them off with the bandsaw. I left them unfinished, but may slap a little Lacquer, which is what I used for the entire box. I was a little concerned about edge gluing such thin pieces but with some cauls and patience at the jointer they came out really nice.
Thank you for looking, don’t tell my sis she has not received the box yet.
-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith