Koa Valentines Boxes

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Project by mauipapa posted 02-10-2014 08:31 AM 1438 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a small block of Koa left over from the shelves in my previous post, and made these two jewelery/trinket boxes, along with the heart. I’ve never made anything like this before, amd learned a few things in the process. The ring is my fist bent wood ring (not Koa) which I may post later.

Both boxes have a pin hinge (toothpick), glued into a small hole on the underside of the lid. The pins fit into a deeper hole in the bottom of the boxes, and can slide open or be removed completely. For the shorter “ring” box, I cut the heart shape out on my bandsaw, sanded by hand, sliced the lid off, then drilled the center hole on my drill press. On the taller box, I cut the heart shape out, then made the mistake of slicing the top and bottom off… In hindsight, I should have waited to remove the lid and bottom until after I sanded everything down to the exact shape. I don’t have a scroll saw yet, so I used my drill press, and drlled many holes about a quarter inch from the outside edge of the piece until the center came out, wich resulted in the small heart in picture two. I used Gorilla Wood Glue to glue the bottom of the box back on then sanded the inside of the box with a Dremel. I used a clear poly to finish.

My wife and daughter make and sell jewelery, and I hope to provide some boxes for them. I just need a bit of practice to get the desired quality.

Thanks for looking, and any advice you may have.

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 05:54 PM

Good job on the boxes and the ring! Now you have some Valentines for your Valentines!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 06:16 PM

Really nice,

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 04:51 PM

Pretty little heart shaped boxes, like the Koa and finish. The ring looks great as well.

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 03:14 PM

Really nice work W. Muse! This is a really cool project. All the best.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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