This was my wife's Christmas present. She had asked me for a jewelery box a while ago, and I thought it'd make a nice Christmas gift. I don't have a bandsaw, so I did things the 'dirty' way.
Wood: I used Oak for the base and walnut for the top.
Hinges from woodcraft.
Hand sanding pads,
Lacquer high gloss finish
Step 1: Draw the Form
What it says. Draw the heart on a piece of paper and cut the shape out. I suck at freehand drawing, so I used french curves. If you're good at drawing curves freehand, you don't need french curves.
Step 2: Glue the Shape on to the Base.
Step 3: Cut the Heart
I used a table saw to get a rough heart shape, then the jigsaw to trim. Then I used a sander to clean the surface.
Step 4: Route Out the Interior
I used a router with a straight bit to make interior space in the box. Go very slowly, maybe 1/8th inch in each pass.
Step 5: Smoothen the Bottom of the Box
I covered the bottom with wood filler, let it dry and then hand sanded the bottom of the box. If you have flocking available, paint it on. I used painters tape to protect the top edge when painting.
Step 6: Cut and Shape the Top
using the base as reference, use a flush trim bit to cut out the shape of the top. I used a trim bit to give the top a nice edge.
Step 7: Sand and Finish
I sanded 80, 150, 220 and finally 320 grit and finally gave it three coats of high gloss lacquer finish.