Did you know that wood is the traditional gift for a 5th wedding anniversary? With that being the case I was trying to come up with something impressive that could be given as an anniversary gift. So I thought I’d use the techniques from my curved box to create a wooden heart box. And I wanted it to have 2 hearts. Why? Well it’s easy to get a box shaped like a single heart. But 2 hearts, joined together as one flowing piece of wood, not so easy to find.
How I made the wooden heart box
First I made a template. I used a heart shape from google images, then played around with the layout in Photoshop. It’s a bit rough so in future I plan to do a proper PDF template.
I then glued some planks of scrap wood together as shown here, and transferred my template onto it.
Next I cut out the necessary shapes with the bandsaw. I replaced my usual 6mm blade with a 3mm in order to navigate the tight curves.
I then glued the necessary pieces together, and you can see the wooden heart box now starting to take shape.
This entire project required some hardcore sanding. I did most of it by hand because of the awkward curves and angles. It was tough, I could barely pick up my toothbrush the next day!
Thinking about quitting
Glad I pushed through
And this is the wooden heart box after sanding, it actually looks like the design on my template! I was so happy I just sat there for 10 minutes cradling it like a little wooden baby.
Next I made the drawer handles. I used a 13mm dowel, drilled a hole in the centre of it, and inserted a 6mm dowel. I then glued this into a 6mm hole I drilled in the front of each drawer. This gives a nice neat finish, and a strong connection.
Finishing the wooden heart box
For the finish, I applied the following:
2 coats of boiled linseed oil to highlight the grain of the wood
3 coats of polyurethane varnish thinned with white spirit so that it could be wiped on
Wax to fill in any tiny indents and give a deeper shine
The end product
And here’s the completed wooden heart box. It makes a great gift for occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays or valentine’s day. Or it’s just a nice way to show someone you care.
If you’d like to make one of these, or have one made for you, feel free to contact me. Or you can receive my newsletter to get the latest news, updates and projects straight to your inbox.
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