Valentine's Heart Box 2008

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Project by leonmcd posted 02-20-2008 06:08 AM 2703 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know I’m a little tardy for Valentine’s Day but I was distracted by a plumbing leak that involved carpet and sheetrock.

This bloodwood box is about 4” across and about 2 1/4” tall. It was hollowed out with a bowl/tray router bit followed with lots of machine and hand sanding. It is finished with three coats of “Tung Oil Finish”.

I contemplated a number of rabbet ideas for the lid and ultimately decided on a 1/4” round over for the box and a 1/4” cove for the lid. I think it created an interesting effect.

Bottom of lid photo

Bottom of lid photo

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#1 posted 02-20-2008 06:09 AM

Looks nice. I have never worked with bloodwood before.

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

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#2 posted 02-20-2008 06:36 AM

This is a nice little box but the finish is what makes it. I guess that tung oil works well with bloodwood.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 02-20-2008 08:39 AM

Very good craftsmanship on the box The color and the finish is very pleasing. How do u apply Tung oil? With a brush, cloth or spong. I have never seen Tung oil.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 02-20-2008 09:57 AM

Good looking box. The contours and finish make you want to hold it and rub your hands on the wood. Nice job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 02-20-2008 12:44 PM

Great box, the finish is very nice too… Job well done

-- Mark, Hancock Maine, [email protected]

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#6 posted 02-20-2008 01:29 PM

This is a very nice box. I am sure that your “sweetie” was thrilled by it even though it was a little late. After all you cannot rush good craftmanship.

The bloodwood looks good and the finish really makes it stand out.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-20-2008 03:21 PM

I used Minwax “Tung Oil Finish” which I’ve been told has NO tung oil. I suspect it is a mixture of some oil (BLO ?) and poly. What ever it is, it has worked great for me. I sanded the box from 120 to 150 to 220 to 400 grit. I applied a liberal ( pour a puddle in the box ) amount of the “Tung Oil Finish” using an old Tshirt rag. I let it set for about 15-20 minutes. It will be a little tacky. I buff it by hand with a clean Tshirt rag. If you wait too long, it will not want to rub out. You can apply some more finish to soften it up then rub it out. I rub pretty hard to generate a little heat. Shoud be completely smooth when you’re done buffing. I wait 24 hours and repeat with another coat. Sometimes I hit it lightly with some 0000 steel wool between coats. Didn’t do that this time. This box has three coats. The more coats you apply the more gloss you get.

After I’m done with the finish, I wait 48 to 72 hours then apply some plain old Johnson’s paste wax using 0000 steel wool. The “Tung Oil Finish” already has a nice feeling finish but the wax makes is even silkier to the touch.

I like this finish is lot. Very simple, put it on wipe if off and the results are great. I’ve used it on bloodwood, purpleheart, jatoba, and honey locust and it always looks great.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#8 posted 02-20-2008 03:58 PM

I really like the smoooth, organic feel of this, Leon.

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

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#9 posted 02-20-2008 11:41 PM

Very nice. The bloodwood is an ideal choice for a valentine box.

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#10 posted 02-21-2008 12:16 AM

so very special.
A lovely, lovable box

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 07-07-2014 06:52 PM


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

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