Getting to the Heart of the Matter

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Project by Dukegijoe posted 09-06-2010 03:01 PM 1650 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last month was our 5th wedding anniversary. 5th wedding, 8th since we were together. My lovely wife pointed out something she termed as “interesting.” Usually “interesting” means more work for me, as I am sure it does for most of my fellow LJs here. But in this case, “interesting” was an easy thing…

For those of you that don’t know (I sure didn’t) each year after a wedding there is an item/material associated with it. The first anniversary is paper, the fifth is wood, tenth is tin, twentieth is china, fiftieth is gold. Did you miss it? Fifth is wood! See… easy (when you have a garage full of woodworking tools)!

I found a plan for a heart-shaped bandsaw box, where the lid is kept in place by a pin so that it rotates out of the way. I used figured purpleheart for the color (my wife loves purple). The heart shape came from a part of the plan. Here are the basics.

1. Cut the block to size.
2. Draw carpenter triangles on the sides of the block of wood.
3. Use the bandsaw to cut 1/4” from the top (A) and bottom(B) of the block.
4. Spray adhesive the pattern to the remaining block©.
5. Cut C in half where the pattern shows the point of the heart and the place where the top of the heart indents.
6. Go back to the bandsaw and cut out the INSIDE shape of the heart (remember to leave enough material on one side for the pivot pin! Sand the inside of the blocks to final grit. I would recommend waxing or taping the inside to prevent glue squeeze out from affecting the finish.
7. Glue the two sides of C together, making sure to keep the ends flush.
8. Now A and B will be oversize for the block (by the size of your saw kerf). Take C and use it to figure out where the fence needs to be in order to reduce A and B to the proper size. Cut A&B to match the size of C.
9. Place B on C, lining up the Carpenter’s triangle. Litely mark where B meets the inside cut-out of C. Remove B, sand it to the final sanding grit. Wax (Or tape) the portion of B which will be visible when glued to C (for squeeze out). Glue B to C.
10. Mark the location of the pivot pin on C, find the corresponding location on A. Drill the holes 5/8” on C, 1/8” on A. I used 1/4” oak dowel for the pin.
11. Cut the pin to 3/4” long. Sand the pin down for ease of pivot. Wax the length of the pin (minus the first 1/8). Glue the pin into A.
12. Line up A to meet C with the carpenter’s triangles. Tape the pieces together so that they are flush. Spray adhesive the pattern to the top of A. Make sure that the pattern’s point and dip line-up with the point an dip of the inside cut.
13. Use the bandsaw to cut out the final shape of the box. Be careful when you start cutting near the tape! You may lose the flushness (is that a word?) with A and C. Use you fingers to keep track of the flushness (that word again).
14. Sand the outside of the box.
15. Finish with your choice of finish (I used shellac).
16. Hand it over to your wife and wait for the expression on her face!

Overall a great little project with a lot of bang for the buck. You can make the heart any size you want, just make sure that the block has enough space in it for the cut-out and pin! Good luck with yours.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 03:11 PM

That is very cool. I like that a lot.

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 03:23 PM

Great job. You will reap the benefits next time you want to buy a new tool, and she thinks about this box. :-)

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

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#3 posted 09-06-2010 05:22 PM

You have a lucky wife.
Really fine little box, think I’ll make one for my fionce, she wished for a small box to put in her keyring, after I made my greaseboxes, so it will be natural to give it a shape of a heart.
Thank you, and best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 06:26 PM

Nice gift. One of my first gifts to my wife when we were dating was a heart shaped wood project-38 years ago! Happy anniversary!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 10:06 PM

A very nice rendition of the heart box, I am sure she loves it!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 03:46 PM

What a wonderful gift! Beautifully done!

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