My sissy's Heart

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Project by jumbojack posted 08-25-2013 03:31 PM 1689 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 04:15 PM

Beautiful box…I’m sure she’ll love it : )

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 06:40 PM

Very nice heart box ,very cool.

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 07:11 PM

Gorgeous box you have made, Jack!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-25-2013 07:12 PM

Beautiful design, construct and use of grain!

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

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#5 posted 08-25-2013 09:02 PM

What a lovely looking box. I like the way you matched the wood…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 08-25-2013 09:51 PM

Jim, nice job here. I like the concept and the sentiment. The wood and finish look beautiful. I might have left off the heart pull and let the wood speak for itself. Thanks for sharing this. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 08-25-2013 10:07 PM

Thanks Al, I pondered that pull for several days. The box sat on my side bench with the pull resting on, off, on, off. The pull grew on me so I drilled a hole in the lid and the pull; inserted a 1/4” dowel and pasted it on. I am going through the same thing with the feet. They havent been glued on yet. I like em for a few hours then hate them for an hour. Time will tell. We aren’t due to meet up for a few more weeks so I can ruminate on it for a while.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 08-25-2013 11:46 PM

Well selected lumber and a great looking heart. A wonderful gift

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 08-26-2013 12:16 AM

A beautiful heart shaped box with lovely wood grain…I am sure your sister will love it.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 08-26-2013 12:52 AM

You have the eye of an Eagle for beauty, jack. Very special, very nice. Looks awesome.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 08-26-2013 04:34 AM

Very sweet and beautiful project.


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#12 posted 08-26-2013 09:21 PM

It’s realy piece of art.Looks perfect!Nice finish and wood.

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#13 posted 08-26-2013 09:51 PM

The box is great. Beautiful design and flawless execution.

There is something else that is even better about this project. The thought you put into it, the love you clearly have for your sister, and the tenderness with which you treated the project. All of that shows here.

Well done! Respect.

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#14 posted 08-28-2013 06:41 PM

Wonderful heart shaped box! The walnut is gorgeous and the pull and feet complete the box. Lucky sister!

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