Sailors Valentine Boxes – ready to ship

All the boxes shown on this page are on the shelf and ready to ship unless marked "SOLD".  
(Boxes that have been sold are removed from this page periodically.)


If you don't see what you want below, you can order boxes made from cherry, walnut, mahogany or maple by clicking here or contacting us by email or telephone.  Custom boxes are available in a wide variety of woods and styles.  Inlays and accents are available to suit your tastes.  

How to remove and install glass in boxes with tight fitting glass trim

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“Good value” boxes

The glass is removable, the glass molding is recessed, and the back panel (made of secondary wood) is fixed to the box. 
3" Cherry
“Good Value” 
(2-3/8” x 0-5/8” inside)
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6" Peruvian Walnut
“Good Value” 
(5” x 1-1/16” inside)
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6" Walnut
“Good Value” 
(5-1/8” x 0-15/16” inside)
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6" Cherry
“Good Value” 
(5-1/16” x 1-1/16” inside)
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6" Gold Painted Maple
“Good Value” 
(5-1/16” x 1-3/16” inside)
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8" Cherry
“Good Value” 
(7” x 1-3/16” inside)
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8" Walnut
“Good Value” 
(7” x 1-1/8” inside)
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8" Tiger Maple
"Good Value” - "A"
(7” x 1” inside)
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8" Tiger Maple
"Good Value” 
(7” x 1” inside)
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8" Tiger Maple w/Black Stain
"Good Value” 
(7” x 1” inside)
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8" Tiger Maple w/Golden Amber Accents
"Good Value” 
(7” x 1” inside)
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10" Cherry
“Good Value” 
(8-7/8” x 1-1/4” inside)
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10" Peruvian Walnut
“Good Value” 
(8-7/8” x 1-1/8” inside)
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“Front/Back Loading” boxes

Both the glass and the back panel are removable. The glass trim pieces are sanded flush with the top edge of the box. The back panel is made of cabinet grade plywood that resembles the wood used for the sides of the box.
6” Sapele Mahogany
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/simple butt joints
(5” x 1” inside)
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6” Sapele Mahogany
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/simple butt joints
(5” x 1” inside)
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8” Walnut
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/simple butt joints
(7” x 1” inside)
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8” Tiger Maple w/Dark Brown Stain
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/simple butt joints
(6-7/8” x 1-1/8” inside)
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8” Tiger Maple - Navy Blue Stain
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints
(7” x 1” inside)
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9” Honduras Mahogany
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints
(7-7/8” x 1-1/4” inside)
"B"
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10” Cherry
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/plain joints
(8-7/8” x 1-1/16” inside)
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10"+ Tiger Maple w/Blue-Green Stain
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/simple butt joints
(9” x 1-1/4” inside)
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10” Honduras Mahogany
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints
(8-7/8” x 1-1/4” inside)
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10” Sapele Mahogany - C
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(8-15/16” x 1-1/4” inside)
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10” Sapele Mahogany
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(8-7/8” x 1-3/16” inside)
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10” Sapele Mahogany with
Tiger Maple Accent
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(8-7/8” x 1-3/16” inside)
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10” Tiger Maple
w/Blue and Green Stain
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/plain joints 
(8- 7/8” x 1-1/4” inside)
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10” Peruvian Walnut
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(8- 7/8” x 1-1/4” inside)
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12” Cherry
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-3/4” x 1.31” inside)
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12” Sapele Mahogany
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-3/4” x 1-1/4” inside)
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“Front Loading” boxes

The glass is removable, but the back panel (made of wood that resembles the sides of the box) is fixed into the box. The glass trim pieces are sanded flush with the top edge of the box.
3" Mahogany
“Front Loading” 
(2-3/8” x 0-3/4” inside)
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3" Tiger Maple
“Front Loading” 
(2-3/8” x 0-1/2” inside)
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4" Tiger Maple w/Double Stain
“Front Loading” 
w/plain joints
(3-5/16” x 0-1/2” inside)
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6" Tiger Maple w/Dark Brown Stain
“Front Loading” 
w/plain joints
(5-1/8” x 1-3/16” inside)
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6” Peruvian Walnut
 “Front Loading” 
w/plain joints 
(5” x 0-7/8” inside)
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6” Cherry "M"
 “Front Loading” 
w/plain joints 
(5” x 0-7/8” inside)
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6” Cherry "N"
 “Front Loading” 
w/plain joints 
(5” x 0-7/8” inside)
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8” Cherry "B"
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(7” x 1”)
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10” Cherry w/Black Stain
 “Front Loading” 
w/plain joints 
(8-7/8” x 1-1/4”)
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10” Tiger Maple
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(8-7/8” x 1-1/4”)
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12” Sapele Mahogany
“Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-5/8” x 1-1/4”)
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12” Peruvian Walnut "A"
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-7/8” x 1-5/16”)
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12” Peruvian Walnut "B"
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-7/8” x 1-5/16”)
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12” Tiger Maple w/single stain
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-7/8” x 1-1/8”)
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12” Tiger Maple
 “Front Loading” 
w/plain joints 
(10-3/4” x 1-3/8”)
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12” Maple w/Tiger Maple Accents
and Blue-Green Stain
 “Front Loading” w/plain joints 
(10-3/4” x 1-1/4”)
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12” Maple Stained Black
w/Peachy-Pink Accents
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise and tenon joints 
(10-7/8” x 1-5/16”)
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12”+ Cherry
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(11” x 1-1/4”)
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3", 5" and 10" Ornament Boxes with Domed Glass

The domed glass comes separate and is to be glued in place once your shell design is complete.
The 3" and 5" sizes are made from a single block of wood. The 10" size, made from 8 separate pieces of wood that are assembled with mortise & tenon joints for strength, has a removable back panel.  
10” Ornament Box
Peruvian Walnut
(8-3/16" diameter x 1-1/4”
under the center of the domed glass)
Type of Wood

Extras

Additional shipping charges above our standard shipping rates may apply if Art Glass or Mat Boards are ordered without the purchase of the corresponding size Sailors Valentine box.  

"acid-free" mat board

Select by picking the size of your SV
Box and the color of your choice.
If you are buying a mat; but, you are
not ordering a box, then enter a
dimension in the blank space at the
bottom (cut my mat to this width)
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mat board colors
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cut my mat to this width:
click here to learn how to reduce
warping of mat boards
when using water based glues

brass ring hangers

Held in place by a machine
screw that passes through
a hole drilled in the top side
of the SV box.  Only for boxes
with mortise and tenon joints.
add brass ring hanger
Finish
Glass Trim Removal Tool
#Tool04
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To use this tool to remove
the glass in our
Sailors Valentine Boxes
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Mortise and Tenon Joints vs simple butt joints

Box sides prepared for a
front/back loading box with
Mortise and Tenon joints.
Box sides prepared for a
front/back loading box with
simple butt joints.
Mortise and tenon joinery is great insurance against glue joint failure due to poor gluing technique or differential expansion and contraction between the sides of a box and a back panel that has been glued into a box with glue that is inflexible when it dries.  Mortise and tenon joinery can also help resist glue joint failure due to wood that may warp due to the expansion and contraction of wood that occurs when the moisture content of the wood changes.  Mortise and tenon joinery can also keep the box from breaking if it is accidentally dropped onto a hard surface.  I recently looked carefully at a group of Sailors Valentines on display at a gallery.  Every Sailors Valentine on display had at least one of the eight joints in the box that was at least partially separated.  That's the sign of glue joint failure.  

The strength of a simple butt joint depends entirely on the strength of the glue and the use of good gluing technique.  I have purchased several inexpensive Sailors Valentine boxes sold on eBay and other venues over the years and tested their strength by dropping them on my shop floor.  Every one of them broke in at least one of their joints on the first drop.  The same would be true for the boxes I make with simple butt joints.  They may survive a fall onto a plush carpet, but falling onto a hard surface is another story.

I visited a local frame shop to test the strength of simple butt joints fortified with V-nails. V-nails are commonly used by framers to strengthen the joints in rectangular picture frames. We tested three octagonal frames that I had made for the purpose of the test. One box was given a single V-nail in each joint; one box was given two V-nails in each joint; and the third box was given three V-nails in each joint. Each box was dropped onto the concrete floor from a height of about five feet. At least one joint in each of the three boxes broke the first time the box was dropped. V-nails might keep joints from separating due to changes in humidity; but, they do not provide the strength of mortise and tenon joinery from impact loads.

In contrast, the much superior strength of a mortise and tenon joint is due to the added strength of the wood tenon which spans across the glue line between two adjacent box sides.  For a mortise and tenon joint to break, not only does the glue line have to break, but the tenon has to break.  Considering that the grain in the tenon runs perpendicular to the glue joint, it is very, very unlikely that the tenon would break unless the box were being deliberately abused.  I tested the strength of my mortise and tenon joints by dropping four different boxes three times each from a height of about five feet so that a corner of the box hit the concrete floor of my workshop.  Not once did a joint break during these tests.  
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