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Router templates are the key to perfectly shaped parts x by Paul L McClure

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% ¥ alcntine's day was approaching, and the stores were

% / loaded with the same old stuff—schmaltzy cards, card-

\ / board boxes of candy, and stuffed bears clutching

▼ "I V you" signs. My squeeze deserved better. So I made her a heart-shaped wooden box and filled it with her favorite sweets. I installed a musical movement inside to remind her of my feelings whenever she opened the lid. The chocolate didn't last long, but the box has become a treasured gift.

I he box has three main parts: a bottom, a lid, and a center section that forms the walls of the box. All three parts are made ^[SI

in halves and then glued together. ^

This approach produces a »

nice, sharp cleft at the top of the heart. Mm

I built this box from Mij bloodwood (sec Sources, II ill^

page 69), a rare species in Ijly vvy my collection. You could WU-make it from mahogany Jl^j^^fl

Building the box is a lm V '

great opportunity to improve your template- ^Hfl^HAk routing skills. Although ^Jl^L-^V^ you could simply bandsaw and sand the parts, I find \ ^^^^

that template routing them creates a much better-looking box. It i* truly symmetrical and ^Bj^^s^i ^^^^

requires only minor finish sanding. Making the templates requires some ini-

tial effort, but afterward you can easily make ^^^^^^

n as many boxes as you like—for flQhl 7 anniversaries, weddings, birthdays or V/ A any special gift occasion. And once you know 3 how to rout complementary templates (see page /^Si-l^ 67) you can do all kinds of inlay work as well. ^

Valentine's Day surprise. This heart-shaped box, created from shop-made templates, is a beautiful, easily duplicated gift for spec ial oc casions.

PAUL L. MCCI URE lives, loves and works wood ifi Colorado.

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