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Keepsake or pill boxes for Breast Cancer Patients

Project Background:   Our daughter, Anne who lives with us, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer  6 weeks or so ago.    Doing fine.
As a helpless Dad and seeing what these women go through I wanted to somehow add a little encouragement or boost.   But how?
So the boxes.     Daughter and her favorite nurse will decide how to use them.   They will do the  giving out.   Maybe help them as well.

The boxes:   Made 20.     

is 3" top of heart to bottom, 3" wide and 1" thick.  Wood is bass wood.   Painted with Acrylic paint, image lasered, then sealed with poly.  Thanks to Desert Woodworker for the pocket angel SVG file.    Other SVG created my me or borrowed.

Construction;  3/4" bass wood is marked for each half of the heart.    inside cut out on the band saw and sanded on spindle sander before cut out of the bass wood board.   This gave a better purchase of the wood while sawing and sanding    The outside cut is then made on the bandsaw and sanded on a disc sander.   The two halves glued together.   
The top is obviously the shape of the heart with a interior piece heart shaped to fit inside the top of the box,   Bottom is glued on and sanded smooth.    Then the paint and laser.  
Fun and tedious, but worth it,



This is a wonderful and generous project.  Kudos to you Ron!

"That is not only not right; it is not even wrong" - Wolfgang Pauli

Thanks for the comment.    Be happy to share any information or help to anyone wanting to do the  same project or similar.     


These are lovely, and a special way to support your daughter.  I agree that giving to others can be beneficial for the giver as well.  Thanks for sharing.
beautiful project ron.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.


You are a good man.  Nice work BTW.


Ron, those are great, they look wonderful and with the different saying they are very special. A great way to give the women some support. Very well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Daughter has taken 3 of the boxes to show the nurse today.    Be interesting to see what the reaction is.    Thanks for the comments.


That was nice,  really thoughtful of you.
I like the way you made the hearts in halves like that,  brilliant.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Precious …. 

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Daughter gave a box to another patient yesterday while having Chemo.   Tears, joy from the person getting the "Magic Box" as she, the other patient, called it,     Anne said it seemed to really give the person a boost.   Made the Anne's day as well.    
PS   Daughter, Anne is doing well.    No issues from the Chemo other than hair loss.
PSS  Would encourage all to use their talent in the workshop to help others where it fits.   Great returns.   


Ron - thanks for sharing the added story.  Too often we think "little things" don't matter but it's the little things, unexpected gesture of kindness, that often has the greatest impact.  
Daughter has Chemo on Monday, said she is looking forward to taking 3 or 4 boxes and giving them out.
She never mentioned having to have Chemo (4th one).    She wanted me to do one in blue as there is a young man having Chemo.   Not for Breast Cancer, but men can have it.     She has no idea if he will be there but she thought it would be something she would like to have in case.    So off to paint a pink one blue.   
Did make another 12.    
If giving the boxes helps her face the Chemo then Dad's work is rewarded.   
Try something yourself, it will be worth it.  

PS  She is doing fine.   Works most days, gets tired easily, good attitude.   Her Corgi and her knitting are her escapes.  


God bless you and your daughter ron. we have a very dear friend that is going through chemo,hers is very severe,all through her body. surgery removed pretty much everything she could live without.................only 34, she's very strong though. doctors give her about 5 years...........i said bullshit, im planning a survival party for 6 years, and i told her,you better be there !!!!! if anyone can beat the odds,she will !!!!

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I firmly believe attitude is everything.   Keep giving her support    Means more than we know.   
Luckily Anne's cancer was caught pretty early, no surgery now, maybe after the chemo and radiation.  
We men have no idea what these women go through.    Prayers for your friend.   Give her a hug and best wishes from Anne and I.