Heart Shapped Jewelry BOx

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Project by lanwater posted 01-31-2011 10:45 PM 5838 views 28 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for my wife as a valentine gift.

I purchased the plan “Heart shaped jewelry box” from woodcraft.

I did not installed a music box as called for in the plan. I also dropped the height by 1/2” It thought it was too bulky with the original size.

The wood used is Padauk and the small inlay stip (3/16) is pine ( I am not sure it was from a scrap piece).
I had to find padauk boards wide enough (8 1/2 inches) so I do not get extra lines by glueing boards together.
It is needless to say it was expensive.

The padauk was not easy to sand. It was cloging my drum sanger pretty quick altough I was extrta carefull in taking very little every pass.
It gumms the belt every 2 passes and I got burn marks.

I used the hand planes instead on the board and used the drum sander on the box body.

I also had to pull my old hadsaw since my badsaw has a 6” resaw capacity. I do not have the riser block. I thought I will never need it when I purchased my bandsaw. I made 2 cuts on the table saw about 2” deep on 2 opposite sides and cut the rest with the hadswaw.

The top and bottom were pattern routed using a template I made out of 1/4” MDF.

The outside of the body was done on the bandsaw.

The inside, which is made of 3 boards stacked, was cut on the scroll saw one board at the time before glue up. I did that to avoid bandsaw entry line (2 of them were needed)

This time I did not spray the black suede on the bottom but bought some sheets from walmart (37 cents/ 12×12 piece).

The hinges are SOS invisible hinges and the bottom 3 Brusso feet (not shown) are brass.

The finish is shellac and wax.
I also left the box in sunlight (not direct sun) the darken the color a little.

Notice the inlay changed color quite a bit. The orange/red sanding dust from the pauduk bled on the strip.

It was a fun and not difficult project to do.

Material cost is over $60. The hinges alone were $28/pair.

As always any suggestion is welcome.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 10:54 PM

Sweet Looking Jewelry Box.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 11:01 PM

It’s projects like this that have me wanting a scroll saw… Excellent work.

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 11:03 PM

Nice, well thought out job, dude. I’ll bet the little lady loved it!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 11:14 PM

Dennis: thank you.

DBhost: That dewalt scroll saw is a sweet puppie. Very little noise or vibration. It cut through the paudauk without hesitation. Thanks.

BigTiny: I hope she love it otherwise it might be McDonnal for a while. Thanks.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 11:56 PM

Great job… I love paduak one of my most favorite species

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 12:01 AM

mcoyfrog: Thanks you.

Padauck is a beautifull wood. I am sure the richness of it will come out even more as it ages.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 12:11 AM

I pushed the project button to see some jigs but this caught my eye. I made heart shaped bowls last year for mother’s day. I wanted to make boxes like I made an old girlfriend 20 years ago but couldn’t remember how I did it. You made a really nice box there, I’m going to try it your way next time. Thanks for the photos. I’ll bet after your wife recieved her box, you had a pretty nice valentine day too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 12:35 AM

Heartfelt gift.

-- Be safe.

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 01:12 AM

Devann: I hope she likes it too. Thank you!

Larry: She put up with me spending many weekends making dust and pursuing a hobby.
She deserves more.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 01:21 AM

Wow that is a beauty what a great gift I know she’s gonna love it

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 01:48 AM

Ian, you will be in the warmth, I’m sure.
You have a lucky wife.
Really nice work, what a bunch of wonderful shavings, it looks like wonderful wood.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 02-01-2011 01:49 AM

Thanks Trevor!

Crossing fingers.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 02-01-2011 01:53 AM

Mafe my friend,

It’s funny, you posted as I was posting.

Those shavings were done with a handplane that is crying for a shapenning session; like all my hand tools.
Maybe in 2 weekends I will tend to that.

Thanks for the nice comments.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 02-01-2011 03:46 AM

Very nice looking box. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

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#15 posted 02-01-2011 03:48 AM

very nice work, I see your heart went into it as well.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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