Sailors Valentine Boxes – ready to ship

All the boxes shown on this page are on the shelf and ready to ship.  

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.  
Our boxes are typically made with glass trim that fits tightly in the box so that the glass will stay in the box even with the box upside down.  If you prefer loose fitting glass trim, make your selection by clicking the down arrow in the ADD TO CART button for the box(es) you want to purchase. 

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. 
6" Walnut
“Good Value” 
(5-1/16” x 0-15/16” inside)
includes picture glass
glass trim
8" Walnut
“Good Value” 
(7” x 1-1/8” inside)
ART GLASS WW included
glass trim
8" Walnut
“Good Value” 
(7” x 1-1/8” inside)
includes picture glass
glass trim
10" Cherry "A"
“Good Value” 
(8-7/8” x 1-1/8” inside)
includes picture glass
glass trim
10" Peruvian Walnut
“Good Value” 
(8-7/8” x 1-1/8” inside)
includes picture glass
glass trim
10" Bloodwood
“Good Value” 
(8-7/8” x 1-1/8” inside)
includes picture glass
glass trim

“Front/Back Loading” boxes

Both the glass and the back panel are removable. 
6” Sapele Mahogany
"Front/Back Loading” 
w/simple butt joints & Art Glass WW
(5” x 1” inside - 2 available)
ART GLASS WW included
glass trim
10” Sapele Mahogany - B
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(8-15/16” x 1-1/4” inside)
picture glass included
glass trim
10” Sapele Mahogany - C
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(8-15/16” x 1-1/4” inside)
picture glass included
glass trim
10” Peruvian Walnut
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(8- 7/8” x 1-1/4” inside)
picture glass included
glass trim
12” Cherry
“Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-3/4” x 1.31” inside)
picture glass included
glass trim
12”+ Mahogany w/
Red Mahogany Stain
 “Front/Back Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(11” x 1-1/4”)
picture glass included
glass trim

“Front Loading” boxes

The glass is removable, but the back panel (made of wood that matches the sides of the box) is fixed. 
8” Cherry "B"
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(7” x 1”)
picture glass included
glass trim
8” Cherry "C"
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(7” x 1”)
picture glass included
glass trim
10” Mahogany (w/Stain)
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(9” x 1-1/8”)
picture glass included
glass trim
12” Peruvian Walnut
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-7/8” x 1-5/16”)
picture glass included
glass trim
12” Peruvian Walnut
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-7/8” x 1-5/16”)
picture glass included
glass trim
12”+ Cherry
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(11” x 1-1/4”)
includes picture glass
glass trim
12” Mahogany (w/Stain)
 “Front Loading” 
w/mortise & tenon joints 
(10-13/16” x 1-1/2”)
includes picture glass
glass trim

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.  

art glass

Art Glass WW is  70% UV
Resistant and Art Glass WW UV 90
is 90% UV Resistant to Protect Your
Art Work;  Both types are
Anti-Reflective to Minimize Glare,
“Water White” to Show True Colors,
Scratch Resistant on Both Sides
and Easy to Clean (we use water
and a microfiber Cloth).
upgrade to Art Glass WW
upgrade to Art Glass WW UV 90

"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)
click here for pics of mat colors
add mat board
mat board colors
more mat board colors
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
click here to see How
To use this tool to remove
the glass in our
Sailors Valentine Boxes
click arrow for
other quantities

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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