Two-Drawer Heart Band Saw Box in Pine

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Project by FloridaArt posted 11-27-2011 02:36 AM 4974 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

December, 2011—A friend commissioned a heart-shaped box. This is what I came up with this time. It is made completely of pine except for the little heart pulls which are made from naturally red blood wood. I decided to make this project “pop” a little by using contrasting colors. The drawers are natural pine, unstained. The body is stained with MinWax “Red Chestnut” oil base stain. The stain almost gives the pine the same coloring as the blood wood.

Because I do not have a riser in my 14-inch band saw, the thickest cut I can make is about 5-3/8 inches. I wanted this to be a little taller than that so I created the base with the feet as a separate unit, and then glued it to the main body. It’s from the same pine blank so it is an excellent match.

It may not show in the photos too well, but the main “heart” stand proud of the feet by about an eighth of an inch in the front. After I applied the stain, I lightly sanded the front of the feet so they would slightly contrast in color to the main body, and not distract from the heart shape. Over everything is a water-base semi-gloss from Rust-oleum applied with a brush.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 11-27-2011 02:41 AM

Hey thanks for posting, my daughter is asking for a heart shaped box like this.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 11-27-2011 03:33 PM

This is another neat idea on the heart-shaped box. I like what you did with it.

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#3 posted 11-27-2011 06:54 PM

that’s a nice design with the hearts, and the legs. my Granddaughters would really like this

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#4 posted 12-01-2011 09:20 PM

Just love this design- a different way to make a heart box. Hearts are a nice design element, but you have done something special with it- and it works.
One suggestion- to get a consistent reveal around the drawers, and get a tighter fit, glue a thin layer of wood to the casement where the bottoms of the drawers sit.
If it is from the same wood and the grain is oriented that same and the edges are smoothed out, and the finish goes on it at the same time. . . it is almost impossible to tell that it is there.
I envy your design sense.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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