Bouquet of Hearts

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Project by Tennessee posted 02-08-2013 09:51 PM 2213 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is one of those “draw a picture while sitting in my recliner” boxes, then to to the shop and see how it would be built.
The front, from the left, Ambrosia Maple, Redheart, Black Walnut, Bloodwood, Hard Maple, Purpleheart. The body is a new wood I’ve never used before, Pacific Coast Maple, which I got from a local domestic hardwood dealer who got it in and could not sell it, so let it go for $1.00 a board foot. I picked up about 70 board feet and it natural stains to a wonderful dark tan, but is slightly softer than hard maple. Cuts and handles really nice.
The bracket holding it to the base is purpleheart. It is doweled and screwed to the back of the jewelry box, (can’t remember the last time I actually used a dowel), and is held to the base with three recessed screws.
The base is Ambrosia Maple, and the drop cup is redheart, for when the lady of the house comes home late, or after a hard day’s work and doesn’t want to take the time to put things away.
Nine drawers, eight visible and one hidden.
This one took so much sanding time I kind of gave up in the end, so a scratch or dent or two may be visible. It’s kind of big, coming in at about 13” high, 18” long, and with the base, about 8” deep.
Needless to say, my bandfile came in REAL handy on this one. Thanks, HF!
As always, thanks for lookin, and copy it if you want!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 10:34 PM

That is so cool! I am sure that you will have one happy wife. What woman wouldn’t like that!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 12:27 AM

This is beautiful and I love the idea of the grouping. The wood choices are great too. Would you mind if I copied this? How did you determine the weight for balance? I would think the lightest would need to be on the left.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 03:42 AM

You did it again! I think the piece it’s sitting on takes away from the really nice piece!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 04:21 AM

awesome box,great job.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 05:01 AM

Fantastic box! Love all the different colors.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 05:32 AM

Wow Paul that is really something. If you don’t mind I would like to make at least one of those myself.

Paul, did you happen to make a blog about this build? I looks like it is one large box on a stand or did you build seperate boxes and one back for all of them with different fronts?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 01:23 PM

Dee and Larry: (And others)
Feel free to copy, and here is how I did this one.
First thing was to select the heart wood, and cut out the hearts. Using my little drawing which had some hearts on top of others, I decided that I would just cut out the necessary areas to make the hearts “group” together. The wood is also different thicknesses for more definition. I puposely left that open space in the middle to make it look more like a group of flowers. Once I had the hearts all grouped together by carefully cutting and sanding the edges so they grouped nicely, I rounded off all the outside edges of the hearts to hide any minor imperfection where they mated. Set them aside and started on the body.

At this point, I had a front, so I needed a body. But with the hole in the middle, I knew my scroll saw would not reach through the over 2 inch thick glued up body. So I had to take each individual plank of maple, and cut out the middle hole before I glued up the body block. I simply made them all a big square and aligned up the middle hole when gluing it up without worrying too much about the outside edges, since they would be cut off anyhow. Some sanding was needed in the hole when the block was glued up and dried, but not that bad.

Then I laid the hearts back on, carefully aligning the hearts to the hole in the block. I drew the cut line around the hearts, and cut out the main body on the bandsaw. Then I refitted the hearts to the body and glued them down.

At this point, I needed to cut off the backside, and I could not have done it at this size without my big Grizzly bandsaw. I made it so I had about 1/8” of clearance with the saw at maximum resaw size. I cut off a clean 3/4” off the back to make sure I could have enough wood to dowel the whole thing to the bracket later.

I then drew in pencil my bandsaw cut lines to cut out the hearts and other shaped drawers. The only thing was I had to be careful that I did not cut the block in half, so when you lay out your cut lines to do your drawers, try to think of each heart as an individual, and not carry any cut lines into an adjoining heart. This turned out to be rather simple, and when done, I had eight drawer blanks. One thing, I like to glue back up my cut lines, but with this huge piece, two of them towards the middle just were not going to move, so I left them open, rather than try to fill them with spacers. With the drawers now cut and away from the block, perform the usual cut off the front and back of each drawer, cut out the drawer insides, and glue back on the front and back and you have the drawers. I added a hidden drawer in the maple on on the upper right, but that process is standard for all bandsaw boxes.

The bracket was a piece of scrap purple heart that I had lying around. Using two 22.5’ joints, I used biscuits and glued it up to form a 90’ bracket. Two number 10 biscuits on each joint, but I could have used dowels. Then I took it on my stationary belt sander and rounded the bracket all off, making it look like a true curved turn. I then laid out dowels and screw holes in a straight line pattern, and attached it to the back piece of the body block, still not glued to the main body. I then glued and doweled the bracket to the 3/4” piece of the body that is still not glued to the main body.

Finishing off all the drawers, this time I put on large tapers on the edges to give them more definition, rather then the usual small roundovers I use. Did this with the stationary belt sander and a ROS to get it done, front and back.

Then I cut out the bottom piece, making it a little too large on purpose. At this point I was just trying to make it large enough to hold this thing up when it was all glued up. (It weighs about 10-11 lbs.) Then with the bracket doweled and screwed to the backside, I glued the back body piece to the main body. Took me about 18 6” clamps! While that was going on, I sanded and rounded the ambrosia maple base, and finished sanding the drawers and added the little kingwood knobs.

Final sanded the body after glueup, and laid out the bracket to the base where I wanted it. Offset it for looks, but turned out to be great. I first drilled three small pilot holes in the base, then holding the base just over the edge of the bench, and with the bracket/body assembly in the proper positionover the pilot holes, drilled very shallow holes running the drill through the pilot holes on the base and into the bracket, just so I knew where I was with my screwholes. Then I took the bracket and drilled pilot holes, and took the base and drilled recessed holes from the bottom for the screws. I used 1 1/2” coated deck screws for excellent holding.

Finished all sanding, and attached the bracket/body assembly to the base. With the large area on the right, my wife said it would be a great spot to drop jewelry at the end of the day, so I got the idea to do a simple drop cup on my lathe, which you see in the pics. That is epoxied on.

The whole thing is coated in four coats of gloss lacquer, and lightly polished with paste wax. It is not tipsy, and I think my wife gets it for Valentine’s Day.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 02:50 PM

this is really kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 03:05 PM

That is such a nice piece. It is colorful, unusual, and very creative. I love it. You showed a lot of artistic talent here, not to mention your woodworking talent.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 05:08 PM

Very impressive!

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 06:15 PM

Outstanding! Realy unique!Beautifull colours and performance.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 02-11-2013 02:57 PM

Stunning bouquet of hearts! Wonderful heart designs on the different colorful wood. Excellent craftsmanship!

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#13 posted 02-23-2013 07:38 PM

Your work is all so beautifully done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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