By Stilwell | Created November 16th, 2018 | Published January 7th, 2020 | Updated January 7th, 2020
A heart-shaped mortise and tenon Valentines Day gift box.
1 hr 30 min
Files included (3)
Walnut Side_valentines day project.svg
Maple Side_valentines day project.svg
-Walnut and Maple @ 0.5 inch thickness
-1/8" upcut bit
-1/4" upcut bit
To start this project off, I milled a piece of walnut and a piece of maple to a 0.5" thickness and cut the two boards to 16.5" long x 5.5" wide.
*NOTE: if your boards are longer, you can keep them that way and use the additional length as you tape field. Otherwise you'll need a piece of 1/2" ply to tape out in front as your tape field.*
Next I used double sided tape to stick the boards down next to each other, leaving about a 1/4" gap in between. Place the Walnut Side file and the Maple Side file on their appropriate woods, paying attention to make sure the file design fits nicely inside the board and doesn't interfere with the design next to it.
For best practices, I recommend cutting the maple side out first before the walnut side so that we can cut the tenons before we cut the mortises. This will ensure the best fit.
Once your maple pieces are cut out, take the two side pieces over to your vertical workstation. Mount with end grain facing up and make a 0.25" grid. Place the Tenon file at x= -0.25" y= -0.25". (This gives us room to pocket out any extra material)
Cut the heart tenons using an 1/8" bit to 0" offset at a depth of your material thickness + 0.01" so we can chisel/sand them flush after assembly later on.
Now we can move back to our walnut board and cut the mortises. Make sure to use offsets and test fit along the way to dial in the perfect fit. Then cut out all profiles, making sure the dado for the bottom of the box and the lip for the lid are cut to 0.25" deep.
Final Step: Fill with candy and give to a loved one! Happy Valentines day.
Link to video in Forum: https://community.shapertools.com/t/shapermade-video-valentines-box/770