Heart Shaped Jewelry Box
Walnut and Maple
I decided to make this heart shaped jewelry box for a friend.
I wanted to get away from rectangular boxes, and so, with this
box, undertook something more complex, combining the curved heart shape with
bevels so that there are no right angles in the box.
Each layer of the heart was cut out individually and then glued.
Also, most of the hearts are made in halves first because they were
larger than the width of my stock. I started by drawing and
cutting the largest heart from walnut, in halves. I set the
table of the band saw (and scroll saw) to 20 degrees and then attempt
to keep the blade at a right angle to the tangent of the curve
at any point as I move the wood. It wasnt very exact, but it worked.
As I would get the halves of one heart done, I would rough sand
them to shape and fit (to each other and onto the growing box)
on the belt sander. I then would semi-finish sand them and glue
the halves together. You need to sand them pretty good before
gluing the halves together or else its really difficult to sand
the angle at the top of the heart afterwards.
Then I would use the last heart I made as the template for
the next, smaller one I was about to create.
After I got all of the hearts for the box done, I glued the
layers together and belt and hand sanded it considerably.
The inside of the heart also had to be sanded. A flexible rotary
shaft attached to my drill press with a 1" sanding wheel worked
well for that (and much of the inside and outside rough shaping
The walls of the inside tray were made with the cutouts from the first
(largest) walnut heart. They were already angled and so I cut them
out then glued them together and used them as a template for
cutting the base of the tray.
I also made my own "stop hinges" for this project.
Stop hinges prevent the top from opening too far but are not commonly
available. To construct these stop hinges I took the pins out
of regular (inexpensive and easily obtained) hinges and bent back
the middle prong on the half with three prongs so that it would
stop the hinge just past vertical. They work pretty good, and
I can get them easily, instead of making a special trip to a jewelry